God’s commitment to us to be with us and to not leave us or forsake us is the fuel in our engine of living for him. The sovereignty of God over us and our circumstances gives us the freedom to trust him and fully live in the pattern of Jesus in this world. Persevere friends!
5 God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
There are several closing instructions in Hebrews 13 which the author wants to leave as encouragements and challenges to the people receiving this letter. It seems to me, though, that these words in vs. 5-6 are critical to our ability to fulfill such instructions to love one another, show hospitality, care for prisoners, keep marriage commitments, and be content financially.
You see, God’s commitment to us to be with us and to not leave us or forsake us is the fuel in our engine of living for him. It is God’s presence and example for us in Jesus which gives us the confidence to focus on God as our helper and to cast out fear from our lives. What can mere mortals do to me?
What can the world throw at me that God has not seen or dealt with before? Can humans lay down obstacles which are greater than God’s power and his protection of us? Likewise, if God decides to allow storm or trial (as in the case of Job), could human power stop him?
The sovereignty of God over us and our circumstances gives us the freedom to trust him and fully live in the pattern of Jesus in this world. Nothing should hold us back from a life lived sacrificially for God because we are in God’s hands.
We have seen in Hebrews, that this is easier to say than it is to do… the challenge to persevere and to fix our eyes on Jesus are key to our submission to the sovereignty of God. We are to take heart because God is present and accounted for in every thing we face.
In what area of your life do you need to trust God more?
Count on his presence, rely on his love and care, and persevere!