I'm sure many of us have been there at one time or another. Maybe you were in a grocery store with your mother as a child and a new cereal catches your eye. As you lose yourself in your imagination of the delicious sugar high that could be obtained from this box, you look up and notice your mom is nowhere to be found. A quick wave of anxiety crashes into you as you realize you have been left. Stranger danger flashes through your mind as the adults around you are no longer other moms’ and dads' but instead cold hard kidnappers. You take off sprinting past them and make a hard turn down the next aisle only to see your mom browsing none the wiser of your absence. Relief sets in as you are now safely with your protector and guardian.
It could have also happened when you were a little older. You are sitting at a lunch table with some of your friends and each of you were trying to fight for a window of the conversation to share all that happened since you last saw each other, you know an hour and a half ago. Without intention a lull in the conversation comes and simultaneously tasks start to invade your shared time together. One friend had to use the restroom, another had to return a book to the library, another friend spotted someone who owed them some money and wanted to use the time to see when it would be returned.
With no hint of realization, you look up to see your friends have left you abandoned and you are left socially exposed.
To feel alone or abandoned is not something we usually want to experience. You can be left feeling unsafe, vulnerable, and even betrayed. If it were a fight you would be on the losing side. Surrounded by your enemy, defenseless. Waiting on the outcome. But this isn't a fight with an unfair advantage.
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
God said He will never leave us or forsake us. Forsake means to abandon. You are not going into a battle that can't be won. You have an unstoppable force on your side. With just a word He spoke this world into existence. With just a touch of His hand He raised the dead. And with just His power He parted the Red Sea. You have the ultimate MVP fighting for you, not just in time of need but every time. There is no need for fear because you are safe. Feeling vulnerable to what the world thinks of you is no longer important because you have someone who loves you no matter what anyone else thinks. There is no betrayal, or limited time offer. He said He would never do it, and if the creator of the universe is sure about it we can be too.
Stand strong, you are surrounded by a God who is not going anywhere