For so many of us our greatest fear is of being abandoned. When we need somebody to help us get through a storm, when we marry or have a boyfriend/girlfriend will they stay with us? Our issues with this come from childhood, our own lack of self-worth, or multiple failures as an adult. But God......
Here's a great quote from my Life Recovery Bible: To be able to to turn the rest of our lives over to him, we must know at a deep level that he will not become disgusted with us and throw us away.
Yes, he may very well be disgusted with us, but he won't abandon us. Rather we may have to endure some form of discipline out of love, but there is always forgiveness in his heart. How do we know? First let's look at the O.T. for a quote from Deuteronomy 2 from the 40 year journey of the Israelites to the promised land: Those forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.
Despite their disobedience God did not abandon them. Then in the N.T. pick of many examples including the woman caught in adultery (forgiven when everyone wanted to stone her), Zacchaeus (despite being a hated tax collector that skimmed money) who Jesus wanted to eat dinner with and later forgave him or maybe Peter who denied him, cursed him, yet became his lead Apostle.
Or, the apostles who were on the boat in the storm while Jesus was sleeping. When they woke him up they asked did you not care about us? His response "Oh you of little faith" then he calmed the storm. Of course he cared, of course he would not abandon them or us, ever - he is not like other humans who have hurt us.
Rather it may be that our faith in him has been abandoned. When we feel all alone, left to ourselves to handle life nor a situation, that's actually when he engages us the most. After all the complaining, doubts, rebellion and lack of faith, this is what the Lord said to those Israelites:
But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron-smelting furnace (insert your own situation here) out of Egypt (they and you will get through it) to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.
He didn't bring us this far to abandon us now. Who else does he have to tell his amazing story of redemption?
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.