Why be concerned?

So here it is. I was rushing this morning and had an epiphany. It was a good one, especially since it was accompanied by scripture. The verse that came was “I will never leave or forsake you”.

I went searching and there is Hebrews 13:5. The Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown commentary states that this is “a promise tantamount to the one given to Jacob (Gen. 28:15), to Israel (Deut. 31:6), to Joshua (Joshua 1:5), to Solomon (1 Chron. 28:20). It is therefore like a divine adage. What was said to them, extends also to us. He will neither withdraw His presence (“never leave thee”) nor His help (“nor forsake thee”).

Now, what brought this on included two things:
1. I was thinking about a personal situation a friend is going through
2. I was thinking about my friend Don’s death

In both situations, there are two sides of the thing:
a. If either of us (my friend mentioned in #1 above, or me as related to #2) had done or said anything differently, it might have made a difference.

And then there’s

b. If we had made a difference at some point, it most likely would not have changed the outcome as God ordained it.

So here’s how that plays out:
Imagine if I had been able to connect with my friend Don, say 10 years ago. We catch up on old times and all that. In God’s plan, I might have ideally had an opportunity to thank him for being my most excellent friend, and I might have had the chance to introduce him to my son. However, the same plan that might have allowed me those opprtunities also would not have kept Don from his destined end–it is a probability that my re-entry into his existence would not have made a difference in when his life ended.

Epiphany.

On the other and much more important hand, God never leaves us. It does not matter who leaves (or how or why they leave) because God never does. That’s why He is first. And boy did that make me feel better.

I hope it makes you fell better also.

Peace.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 Confessions of a Cave Dweller

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