“I will not let You go unless You bless me!” Genesis 32:26
“Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God.” Psalm 38:21
“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Genesis 28:15
“I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.” Exodus 33:12
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
God will have me to be faithful, and will not He be so Himself? Am I to trust in His word? Then surely He will not forsake me — but graciously fulfill His word. Heaven and earth must pass away — but His word will not. He is ever faithful.
If I do not believe this, I derogate from the character of God, and can have no help or comfort from His word. But if I truly believe Him to be faithful, I believe enough. This is what He requires; and if I really comply, my faith will not be moved, even in the hottest trials. The Word will hold me up, though I receive it even in weakness. But my faith must be constant, undivided, unmixed with self-righteousness. It must be attended with continual prayer.
My God, send Your Holy Spirit to work this faith in me. Let me not be faithless — but believing. Help me to take up these precious promises and appropriate them; having done so, plead them at Your throne and fully expect their fulfillment. May I never doubt Your veracity or question Your faithfulness; but rather say with Job, “Though He slay me — yet will I trust in Him.”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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