“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
This is the mountain peak of promises. From this promise flows the fresh water of all other graces.
For grace and mercy have a source. Faith and healing come from a brook. Hope and forgiveness and joy and peace-these reside in our Savior. Therefore, a man that does not have Christ cannot have the fresh water his parched flesh longs for. It is just as true then, that a man that does know forgiveness,and grace and redemption – this man knows Christ.
So Christian, it is no small thing that the giver of this water promises his stay. For to promise His residence is to say, as the Psalmist says, “He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.”
These lines are of continuance.
They do not just speak of a past event or promise simply a future rescue. No, these sweet promises are etched into the very gait of the Christian. They are present, past and future blessings: grace for yesterday, hope for today, mercy promised tomorrow. These pleasures are only contingent on one thing: that their source remains.
And this brings us back to our holy promise of residence: “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.
These words guide our anxious hearts and fearful spirits. For to have the dwelling of Christ with us, for us, and around us at all times is not some trinket that makes us less weary every now and then. Having Christ’s permanent residence-his promise to stay (when so many others leave), is to say that the God of blue seas and orange sunrises grants you all the streams of living water.
Truly, this is the peak of all God’s promises: He promises us Himself.