It was spring break of my senior year in high school. I was invited to attend a Young Life inner city retreat. During the quiet time, I took my Living Bible and sat down under a tree. My Bible fell open to this Scripture, and a bright ray of sunlight shining through the tree seemed to highlight it on the page and inscribe it on my heart…
Trusting became my word that year and that Truth has circled back in my life over the years through this Scripture from the same Living Bible...
Then, as if to reassure me of His hold on me, this Scripture came to my mind, and I dug a little deeper with a word study…
For He Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up, nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake, nor let you down, relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!--Hebrews 13:5 Amplified
It is notable that there are five separate Greek words (ou me ... oud ou me) that convey a negative sense. God wants to make it very clear that this is an irrefutable, eternal promise to all His children. Amen!
Never - this is a double negative - Never, ever is the idea. He could not state this point any stronger. In the Greek, the promise is very emphatic...I will never, never, never leave thee.
Desert (aniemi) has a range of meanings, including to send back, to relax, to loosen, not to uphold, to let sink…but in this verse in Hebrews it refers to the fact that God will not abandon us. He is not going to leave us, fail to uphold us or let us sink! “I will in no way let you go.” "I will not relax my hold on you."
There are three negatives before this word, making the promise one of triple assurance. It is, “I will not, I will not, I will not let thee down, leave thee in the lurch, leave thee destitute, leave thee in straits and helpless, abandon thee.” All of which means that our God will come to our rescue when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, praise His Holy Name! (K.S. Wuest’s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament)
Take a moment to ponder these wonderful words of life from this music video of Healer by Hillsong…
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You
I trust in You
I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe Lord
I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need
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