“…the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”– Deuteronomy 31:6b
God is not a “no-show”. Which is very comforting, since humans can often fall into that category.
Tonight my husband and I had a meeting. We went on time, only to find a closed door and dark office waiting for us. After waiting around a few minutes after the initial start time, checking our watches as the minutes ticked by, we left. We must have crossed wires with the person we were going to meet, so will now have to reschedule. Not the end of the world, but just a little irritating.
I reflect now on times I have experienced no-shows and my responses. It can be disappointing when people don’t show up like they say they will, because we looked forward to talking with them. It can sometimes be frustrating because we carved out time in our schedule, only to have to find a different time to meet. It can be worrisome (like when a teen is out after curfew). And, I can also say I have had times of relief at no-shows, especially if it is a person I really don’t want to see, or an event I don’t really want to do.
In the text above from Deuteronomy, Moses was instructing Israel on their next steps into the promised land without him. He described how Joshua would lead them, their deliverance from their enemies, and that they must follow God’s law and not be afraid. The text ends with the words above, where God promises to “never leave you nor forsake you”. I also equate this with God promising not to be a “no-show”.
God will always show up, because He promises to never leave us. Imagine if we could have that kind of confidence in other human beings! But we can have that confidence in God. God will never leave us. He will always show up. Because He is already there.
As you reflect on life, where have you experienced “no-shows”? What responses did you have when they didn’t show up? Though humans will falter we have a God who doesn’t. Lean on Him and know He will always show up, no matter what you are going through!
Prayer–“Gracious Lord, thank you for your promise to never leave me nor forsake me. I trust in you to always show up in my life and be there for me. Give me the courage to not be a “no-show” for you, but to always show up for you when you call. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”