” So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
The promise that God will never leave nor forsake His people occurs often in Scripture. It was given here through Moses to the children of Israel as they were preparing to enter the land promised long ago to Abraham. Two verses later, it was then repeated personally for Joshua, who was to be their leader in the coming battles.
Essentially the same promise had been made to Jacob as he began to assume his God-ordained role.
Genesis 28:15“What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
Joshua 1:5No 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.
David passed on the same promise to Solomon as he became responsible for the kingdom and for building the great temple.
1 Chronicles 28:20Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.
Isaiah 41:17“When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them. I, the God of Israel, will never abandon them.
This was the Lord’s promise still later to the faithful Israelites.
And we can rejoice today in this same wonderful promise.Hebrews 13:5-6Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence,“TheLord is my helper,so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”(Psalm 118:6
This remarkable verse has five negatives in the Greek, so that it could even be rendered literally as something like: “I will never, never leave you, and never, never, never forsake you.
” Surely this is one of the greatest of God’s “exceeding great and precious promises”
2 Peter 1:4And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.