Proof that God Won’t Leave You

Proof that God Won’t Leave You

Confession. One of my greatest fears is being abandoned. That my husband would leave me. To clarify, my hubby has never given me any reason to think this, but in those darkest moments and in the deepest places of my heart, it is a fear. What would I do then? How would I get through? Worse yet, what about God? Would he leave me?

“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.” (Josh. 1:5).

This was a promise made to Joshua, a leader of God’s people, and it is a promise made to us throughout Scripture. What a wonder to know, God will never fail us. He will never leave us or let us down. He will be found faithful and present in our lives. How do we know? What’s our proof?

Well, Jesus says, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you” (Jn. 14:16). Who is the advocate? He is the Holy Spirit. When we accepted Jesus as our savior, the Holy Spirit took up a permanent residence in our hearts. Being a daughter of God means we have the Holy Spirit who will never leave us.

The Holy Spirit is a constant companion and a continual connection to God. Serving like a counselor, the Holy Spirit is always cultivating our relationship with him. Always leading us toward him and his purposes in our lives. Like a conduit to the presence of the Almighty, the Holy Spirit helps us feel God, know God, and be changed by God.

The challenge is that it sometimes feels as if God has left us or failed us. But what we feel is often not true. If our feelings present a reality that is contrary to Scripture, we need to call our feelings into check.

We can help ourselves avoid this predicament by studying God’s word to know what is true (like you are doing now) and by cultivating our relationship with the Holy Spirit. This happens when we try to listen to and obey the leading of God’s Spirit. The big question is how do we know when God is speaking to us? Well, it doesn’t have a clear-cut answer but here is a start.

We often will not hear an audible voice speaking, but our hearts will feel an impression or our minds will have a thought. These thoughts and impressions seem inclined toward the things of God and never contradict his Word. Like a muscle, it needs to be exercised daily through the process of listening and obeying God in the big things and the little things.

Through the Holy Spirit, the presence of the living God is with you. Though you can’t see the wind, you can feel it. Though we can’t see God, we can feel him. As adopted daughters of God, his Holy Spirit takes up a permanent residence in us. It is a dark reality to know friends, parents, or spouses may abandon us; but we will never be abandoned by our Father God.

Restore

  • What impact has the past had on your present reality? Have you begun healing from wounds left by another?
  • How has the fear of abandonment or its actualization in your life, altered your trust in God?
  • God’s truth and the Holy Spirit working in our lives will gain us spiritual confidence in God’s faithfulness. Worship is often a way to engage with God’s Spirit and truth to find healing. If particular songs lead you into God’s presence, use them. If not, try these. Click below…

I Am Not Alone by Kari Jobe (Live)

Never Once by One Sonic Society (Official Lyric Video)

You Never Let Go featuring Matt Redman (with Lyrics in HD)

Rehearse

  • Ask God to make you aware of the Spirit’s presence. Go for a walk. Leave the tunes and the phone at home and just listen. Listen to the sounds around. Feel the wind blowing. Incline your heart to feel the impressions of the Holy Spirit on your heart. Invite his presence. “Holy Spirit you are welcome here. I’m listening.”
  • Be a friend. Connect with a friend and ask them for prayer, for coffee, for a chat. Reach out to someone you know might feel alone. Come alongside someone walking through a difficult season. We will reap in our lives, what we sow in others. Let’s mimic the Holy Spirit in our lives by doing life in community.

 

Father, You never let go and your love, your perfect love is working to cast out all our fear. Heal our wounds with your Word. Convince us of the reality that you go before us and are behind us (Ps. 139:5). That when we find ourselves in deep waters, the waves will not sweep over us (Is. 43:2). Love, Your Daughters

 

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About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Carol Cominsky

    Last year, 2015 my husband was gravely ill beginning in early March. While he was hospitalized (released in midJune) he suffered a heart attack so severe that they had to call a code blue. Joel was holding my hand crying, help me. Help me! then his hand slipped out of mine and he was gone. Next thing I know there was much activity in his small room, a lady chaplain was holding on to me as she helped me find a place to sit. I was hysterical, sobbing! Joel’s gone, how do I go on? The same feelings you felt Erin. Abandoned by my husband of 52 years. I was praying out loud for what seemed an endless amount of time. Then suddenly I felt at peace. The Spirit within me reminded me that God was all I needed. He is there with me. I’m so grateful that I was able to surrender my fears. Joel was revived. Today he is living with Alzheimer’s the disease that will take him slowly from me. On days when Joel knows what is happening I’m able to share scriptures, worship songs and know God is here and that makes my husband remember that all we need is Him.