It was hard for my daughter and her husband to leave Barney with friends for a week in order to take a vacation. Because they had adopted this little Jack Russel Terrier from an animal shelter, they were worried he would feel abandoned once again. Thankfully, he fit right in with their friend’s household and loved playing with new doggie friends!
It would break my heart to enter an animal shelter. I would probably ignore logic and come home with at least one abandoned pet. Many people who buy puppies later decide it is an inconvenience and get rid of them. Others do the same with their litters as they have neglected to neuter their animals. Some breeders use the shelters to dump unsold puppies.
In our verse for today is a very comforting truth; the Lord our God will go with us. He will never leave us or forsake us! There is never a question of being abandoned by God. These words were spoken by Moses to the Israelites in verse 6 and then repeated in verse 8 to Joshua and the Israelites. His leadership was coming to an end and Moses did not want them to feel abandoned.
There are times when I am overcome with fear. I am not facing battle with enemies, but I do face other fears. The Lord wants to reassure me of His presence. Having the promise that He will never leave me or forsake me helps calm those fears. He will never look the other way and leave me on my own.
Thank you, Lord, that You will never abandon me.
(Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule)