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     There is a wonderful promise in Hebrews 13:5; “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (NKJV). Wherever you may be today, you are not alone. If you’ve placed your trust in Jesus, you can be certain that He will never leave you. No other person can make a promise like that, even those who love you dearly and long to protect you. God is the only One who goes with you through every experience, every emotion, and every thought. He is constant, eternal, and faithful. He knows you better than you know yourself. And He loves you with a love that is beyond any human understanding.

     His commitment brings true comfort to those who trust in Him. In times of guilt, He convicts of sin and brings assurance of His forgiveness. In times of danger, God is present to comfort and protect. In times of joy, His presence overflows in praise and thanksgiving. When others abandon you, He remains faithful. When you disappoint yourself, His presence encourages you to try again. When you struggle with unbelief, He patiently waits and gently calls you back to faith. Many people throughout the ages have experienced the comfort and truth of this promise. They learned the key to contentment as they trusted God’s promise and lived in His will.

     David Livingstone was a great missionary to Africa in the 1800s. As a child in Scotland, he enjoyed listening to exciting missionary stories told by his father each night. As a young boy, David declared to his father that he wanted to be a medical missionary to Africa. David’s prayer in response to God’s call reveals the intent of his heart and the extent of his missionary passion; “Send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And seer any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.” God’s promise to never leave him or forsake empowered David Livingstone to fulfill his calling through years of sacrificial living, dangers, and privations as he ventured into the unknown tribes of Africa, proclaiming the message of forgiveness and eternal life in Jesus.

     Jesus promised to be with His people to fulfill His will and announce His salvation to the world. Where does God want to use you? Can you boldly pray the prayer of David Livingstone? “Send me anywhere, only go with me.” Step out in faith. His promise is for you.

                                               Becky Abel

Excerpt from Threads of Grace, p.274, ©2012 Ambassador Publications, reprinted by permission. This devotional book is available at www.ambassadorpublications.org/store