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NEVER ALONE (Guest Article)

June 15, 2016


“For He Himself said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”  Hebrews 13:5c

God is your Heavenly Father.  He longs for you to enter into His presence to talk with Him.  He is not too busy. You don’t need an appointment.

There is no time when you cannot go to God.

You are time limited, but He is not.  He will receive you morning, noon, night, and all times in between.  He is accessible anywhere you may be–no special equipment or subscriptions required.

There is nothing too small to take to God.

Since He is all-knowing, all-present, and all-powerful, He knows everything that concerns you at all times.  You are not imposing on Him–ever.  If it concerns you, it does Him, too.  Only He has the answers.  As a loving Father, He wants to listen.

There is nothing too private to take to God.

So you think nobody knows.  Your life’s not that simple.  Here’s what the psalmist understood:  “O LORD, You have searched me and known me./  You know my sitting down and my rising up,/ You understand my thought afar off.” (Ps. 139:1f.)  He already knows.  He’s just waiting for you to have enough confidence in Him to share.

There is nothing too shameful to take to God.

You may be ashamed, and wrongly or rightfully so.  Shame is an important part of how God made us.  It helps us to navigate life, but it’s not a perfect guide.  He’s not going to slam you down because you got something wrong.  If it really is wrong, He welcomes confession and change.  He will not forsake you, but will help you through and over it.  If it’s not wrong (and often we imagine error when there’s none), He’s there for you then too.

God is neither your enemy nor your angry boss.  He’s your Heavenly Father, and He loves to hear from you.

Larry A. Shelley

(This article left me speechless. All I can say is, “Bless you, Larry.”)


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