Many of you know my story. In 2018 I had a triple bypass, which introduced me to the wonderful world of dialysis. In the end of 2018 – while in the hospital again—I suffered a stroke. Followed by rehab (with more dialysis). And then I developed a bad chest infection of my sternum. Over two stays at the hospital, two visits to rehab, and seven surgeries—I had a heart attack. It is fair to say that I spent most of 2019 in the hospital. Then I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. Which meant I went on oxygen.
And I would have never survived it all without my family, and especially my wife. They were and continue to be a source of strength, peace, goodwill, and health for me.
There was and is a lot of time where they are not there. There was and are a lot of things I am left to ponder alone. But I am never alone. God is there for me, always! This is his promise. Here are seventeen times where God has promised you and me that He will always be there!
|Deuteronomy 31:8||It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.|
|Deuteronomy 31:16||Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.|
|Joshua 1:5||No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.|
|Hebrews 13:5-6||Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?|
|Joshua 1:9||Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.|
|Isaiah 41:10||Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.|
|Deuteronomy 41:10||For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.|
|Matthew 28:20||…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.|
|Psalm 118:6||The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?|
|Hebrews 4:16||Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.|
|Romans 8:28||Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.|
|Philippians 4:6-7||Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.|
|2 Timothy 1:7||For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.|
|Isaiah 55:7||Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.|
|Isaiah 41:7||When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them.|
|Psalm 27:10||For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.|
|Deuteronomy 31:7||Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it.|
God will never leave us or forsake us… if He is the Lord of our hearts. If we accept his grace through Jesus Christ, he is always with us. No matter where we go or what we do, He will be there! Is He there for you? Is He your Lord and Savior? Make the decision for Him now! And He can be with you, always!