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“I will never leave thee.” — Hebrews 13:5
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, and yet that is not what we find in our experience all the time. To enjoy God and thereby glorify Him He must be adored in our minds and felt with our hearts. The reason I bring this up is because it is verses like this and thoughts like this that make my heart sing for joy. To know that almighty God, perfect and loving is with me for all time and will never leave me causes me to be full of joy. It is from this place of joy that I glorify God. As christians we need to come to verses like these and specifically this verse here often to remind our souls of the graces that we have been given. How good is it to know, in all our sin and future sin, that God will never leave us but instead cause all things to be for our good. It is this joyful knowledge that leads us as Christians through the darkness of nights and coldest of seasons.
“Take up the cross, and follow Me.” — Mark 10:21
What a high calling we have been called to. This verse almost immediately causes fear and trepidation in my mind. I think on the good things Jesus did and also the horrible things he endured all the while never sinning or even having a cross thought. This is what I am to do? I am so far from that and so incapable of following Jesus. It is only when I start to think upon the verse before us that God will never leave me nor forsake me that I find any hope. I must depend upon Christ at all times to follow Him in any sense of the calling. It must be a moment by moment and step by step depending upon and looking unto Him that gives power and grace. I am convinced that this is given to us so that we can see our inefficiency and fall upon His mercy every second of the day. Lord help us do so!