By: carole l. haines
No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous.
(Joshua 1:5-6 NASB)
Most of us know the familiar encouragement from God, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” found in: Hebrews 13:5; but I found it very intriguing that God would say to Joshua, the leader following after the powerful Servant of God, Moses; “I will never fail you nor forsake you.”
The word fail means: relax, abate, withdraw, be idle, to let drop, abandon, refrain, forsake, to let go, let alone, to be quiet, to show oneself slack.
So let’s expand on that meaning and repeat this promise from God:
I will never relax in my attention to your life.
I will never abate, or put an end, to my care for you.
I will never withdraw from you.
I will never be idle in my concern for you.
I will never let you drop.
I will never abandon you.
I will never refrain from taking care of you.
I will never forsake you.
I will never let you go.
I will never leave you alone.
I will not be quiet, but will always speak to Your heart from My Word.
I will never show myself slack in any of the things you face in your life.
Now, granted, I added some words to make complete sentences, but just read that Precious list. God’s care for us leaves no stone unturned, no gaps that are not filled in. He leaves no places unattended to. He speaks this promise again and again in His Word. Here are two more examples:
I will cry to God Most High, To God who accomplishes all things for me. (Psalm 57:2 NASB)
The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. (Psalm 138:8 NASB)
O my soul, be at peace, rest in Him. Let go your worry, Dear One, knowing this about your Precious Lord and Savior. He is ever vigilant and watchful over your life, and mine. I am going to print out this list and keep it in my Bible to remind me of this promise often, perhaps you would like to do that too. I hope God blesses you with this encouraging Word today, as much as He has encouraged me. God can truly be trusted.