Will our fear of abandonment negate this promise of God to be with us always? Yes, it will, at least on an emotional level. My feelings have often made light of God’s promise to never leave me; therefore I lived in fear, knowing in my heart that I certainly did not deserve such devotion on God’s part. I took my trials and chastening as proof of God’s departure.
Living in fear paralyzes those so inflicted. It is a miserable way to live. But how does one internalize this truth, that God will never abandon His children? Obviously, we must first be certain of our status as children of God. Without going into that process, let’s assume that we are now speaking only of those who have this promise, yet cannot seem to live in it.
Like most of God’s promises, the way to live a promise is to reckon it so. Reckoning is to be convinced in such a way that you are willing to skewer doubts as lies from hell, to interpret trials as training, to consider spiritual dryness as a temporary necessity, and to accept any brand of persecution as proof of God’s glory in you.
We often speak of love languages. Her love language is “quality time”; his love language is “having fun together”. What is God’s love language? How does one truly love God? So simple, but so profound and so liberating! Believe Him! Be secure in His devotion and love for you! Your sense of unworthiness should merely highlight the greatness of God’s condescension and love! You don’t deserve it? Does this not make His great love all the more astonishing and worthy of acceptance?
You were saved by grace through faith. Now be secure in His love by grace through that same faith.