“For He (God) Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. (I will) not, (I will) not, (I will) not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let (you) down (relax My hold on you)! (Assuredly not!).”
The above verse is what I call one of God's comfort verses when a person needs to be reassured of His presence. It is a verse that is filled with promises from God that He protects His people, helps them, and does not forsake them. Dave Busby, who was a youth evangelist stated: “The end of your rope is God's permanent address.”
David Livingstone was a person who knew God's permanent address, and depended upon God's promises. He was a medical missionary with the London Missionary Society, and he depended upon God for his help. Livingstone was an explorer in Africa. He was born in 1813 in Scotland and he and his family lived in a tenement building for the workers of a cotton factory. At the age of 10 he began working in a cotton mill to help support his family. It is told that it taught him persistence, endurance, and a natural empathy towards all who labor. Later he became a missionary and an explorer in Africa.
In the book, “Be Still and Know” author Millie Stamm described a story about David Livingstone when he sailed for Africa the first time. She stated he “was accompanied to the dock by some close friends. Concerned for his safety, they reminded him of the dangers hoping he would yet turn back.
Livingstone quickly opened his Bible and read...Lo, I am with you always... Then he said...That is the word of a Gentleman. Let us be going”.
From time to time all people experience the desperate “end of the rope”emotion, and all they can manage is too hold tightly and/or cling to a promise of God. That is the only place they can find His encouragement, strength, and comfort.
In Psalm 63, David experienced this same type of feeling when he was in the wilderness of Judah. He stated: “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.”. David was troubled, and he not only confirmed his belief in God, but he also remembered that He had been his help.
God “will not” forsake you in any situation(s). He is with you the same as He was with David Livingstone, and David. He knows your circumstance(s), and He loves you. You can depend upon Him because He is your helper.
An anonymous person wrote: “I know that He is close to me, My Guard---my Guide...He leadeth me, and so I walk quite satisfied”. Never...no never will He relax His hold on you!
Lord God, thank You for never forsaking us, and holding us tightly in Your right hand. Help us to always cling to You. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington