Never Forsaken

For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the Lord of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.

Jeremiah 51:5

The Bible tells us in the New Testament that, as far as Christians are concerned, the Old Testament was written for an example and for our learning (Romans 15:4 and others).  When I come across books like the book of Jeremiah, I can’t help but feel some fear.  The judgments that God pronounced on His people (because of their sin and refusal to return to Him) are terrible and frightening.  And, as Christians, the chastisement that God must sometimes bring upon us because of our sin can be a terrible thing.  But, even when reading a book of judgment, there is still comfort and encouragement for the people of God.

This verse tells us that, despite all of terrible things that God was going to allow to come on Israel, He had not forsaken them.  After fifty chapters of judgment, He tells them that, “though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel,” they had “not been forsaken.”  That is encouraging to me.  God chastened them and He chastened them severely, but He did not forsake them.  He did not forget them.  Despite all of their sin and wickedness against Him, He still did not forsake them.

When we fall, sometimes it may seem for a season that God has forsaken us.  It is true that when we sin, we will feel His chastening Hand.  But He has not forsaken us.  As the Bible tells us in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  That should be a comfort to all of us!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you Ben!

    Comforting indeed 🙂

    “… even when reading a book of judgment, there is still comfort and encouragement for the people of God.” …
    “Despite all of their sin and wickedness against Him, He still did not forsake them.”
    How interesting! He loves us, the sin He loves not. He disciplines us, He forgets us not. He has not cast us aside to move on. He disciplines in love!

    Thank you for this reminder, Ben. As earthly parents we struggle to find the balance between punishment and discipline. We struggle to love those who constantly hurt us. We struggle with feelings of guilt when we make mistakes but still, He loves us and will not leave us alone … I don’t have words to thank Him.

    As I read your post, Israel Houghton started dancing in my head. I thought it only fitting to share 🙂

    Blessings much,
    ann

    Reply

    • Very fitting! I am thankful that God does not struggle with these things as we do. He is perfectly merciful and perfectly righteous all at the same time. He can chastise us and bring judgment on us for our sin without ever stopping loving us. That is encouraging to me!

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  2. Thank you, Ben! I love that too, about whenever the judgments come, there is always hope, always a way through Him. God bless you!
    And thank you Ann for another song! Are you a DJ by chance? 😉

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