God will never abandon you
When someone we care about walks out of our life, a parent leaves, or a relationship ends, it hurts deeply. Even Paul wasn’t exempt from the pain of loss. Here are some of his last words: ‘Timothy, please come as soon as you can. Demas has deserted me…Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me…Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm…The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me…But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength…he rescued me from certain death. Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom’ (vv. 9-18 NLT). The fact is, we can survive without others but we can‘t survive without God. That’s why He sometimes strips away things that make us dependent on people. He sends certain individuals into our lives to help build our faith and develop our character, and when they’re gone, to leave us with the assurance that He is still in control. When we lose someone we care about, for any reason, God can use it to: 1) develop our reliance on Him; 2) test our resilience; 3) help us discover His power. When Moses died and Joshua was left in charge, God told him, ‘As I was with Moses, so I will be with you’ (Joshua 1:5 NKJV). That’s something Joshua couldn’t have learned while Moses was still in the picture. We can’t always be looking to someone else for answers. At some point, we’ll need to turn to God and let Him speak wisdom and peace into whatever is troubling us.
Look up some Bible verses that remind you that God will never leave you. Try memorising one or two that speak peace and calmness into your soul, and hold on to them during times of loss or loneliness.
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