Again he says, I will never leave you nor forsake ~ Hebrews 13:5b Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things ~ 1 Corinthians 13:7
I have a cat, we call her Cat. She is now five years old. She has blessed us with wonderful litters’ overtime and provided great company. We definitely consider her ‘family’. Over the years, a lot has changed we have moved houses and changed settings and Cat has faithfully been with us.
I remembered a time we needed to travel for a holiday for a week. At the time she had three kittens that had not yet been weaned. I felt sorry that I had to leave but we really needed a break from our busy schedule. I therefore took the time to leave enough meal and water to last for a week. Off we went to our safari. However, after a long week stay we decided to extend our holiday with a few more days.
When we came back home, we were ‘greeted excitedly’ by cries and meows at the door as Cat and her kittens purred and chattered. I had mentioned to my husband that she would probably have left after such a long time and looked for another ‘more available’ family of humans to live with. J Oh, but she didn’t, she waited patiently for our return. She was hungry and looked a bit emaciated but she was good. No damage or broken utensils either just the way we left the house. I thought to myself, that’s great loyalty.
That got me thinking about how we relate to God. God has said in his word, that he gave us everything through the sacrifice of his Son Jesus Christ and loves us immensely. However, whenever we experience trials of various kinds we start doubting Gods loyalty towards us. We stop believing and enduring, we start lamenting and eventually we distance ourselves from our maker who loves us immensely.
The verse on 1st Corinthians 13:7 states clearly what love as a virtue ought to achieve, it ought to bear even when it feels unbearable, it ought to endure even in the most difficult circumstances. It ought to hope and continue believing even in the darkest moments. I also find the word in Hebrews 13:5b very comforting that indeed He will never leave me nor forsake me. That’s a solid promise right there.
When you are assured that indeed God is with you and for you, it does not matter what happens or what challenges you may encounter you will be able to hold firmly to the resolve that indeed His love is the best. You will endure, hope, bear and believe and come out stronger and better. The bible also says that His thoughts are not our thoughts and neither His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8), therefore when try to interpret circumstances with our own logic we may not entirely understand the mind of God.
I believe God loves us so much and wants the best for us as demonstrated in His sacrifice of His only son for our sin John 3:16. Back to the Cat story, Cat is assured that we love her and she will not go to a neighbor’s house when we are not present to seek out ‘favors’, rather she waits for us for she is assured of our and in essence ‘we will not forsake her’.
Rest in his everlasting love, I am.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~ Augustine