Hebrews 13:5b “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”.
The Lord’s statement as recorded in today’s text is one of the most resounding. When the writer quotes the scriptures by saying: “…for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you”, He is quoting from no fewer than three references. That’s how much the promise of God is corroborated.
He said it to Jacob (Gen 28:15), to Israel (Deu 31:6, Deu 31:8), to Joshua (Jos 1:5) and to Solomon (1Ch 28:20). This promise is repeated so often that Theologians Jamiesson and Fausset Browne call it a “Divine Adage”. It’s the saying of the saints about our God. It is our confidence. HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US. He will neither withdraw His presence (“never leave thee”) nor His help (“nor forsake thee”).
The original construction will read: “I will never, no, never leave thee, nor ever forsake thee”. So many negatives (four of them) are heaped together, for emphasis. Never, no, never, ever! It’s clear enough. The believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him in life, at death, and for ever. Hallelujah!
The father will NEVER EVER leave nor forsake me. His presence abides with me forever. I’d never lack help in the practical areas of my life. Now I can boldly say, that I do not fear what man can do to me. I walk in contentment today. Favour follows me today. Hallelujah!