Recently I read a quote that gave me a deeper, yet simple understanding of the great promise from God’s word that He never leaves or forsakes those that belong to Him. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
“Jesus never says goodbye, He stays.” – AB Simpson
When I read this, it occurred to me, in every conversation I have ever had with the Lord, and in every conversation I will have with Him, with every ‘Amen,’ He has never said nor will He ever say goodbye. In every season of sadness and hardship, He is faithful to encourage me, for He never says goodbye. When the troubling waters of life come rushing in like flood, and they are so deep that I begin to think I will never touch bottom again, He is there walking on the waters with an outstretched hand to lift me out of them and carry me through them, for He never says goodbye. When I fail and am brokenhearted before Him, He is so close to me to forgive me and restore me, for He never says goodbye. And in every season of celebration, when life is as is should be, He is there at the table laughing with me as we enjoy each other’s company, for He never says good bye.
I am His, and He is mine. In every step I take in this life, He is right there walking with me, leading me, and guiding me. The psalmist wrote “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11).
In other words, in this life He gives me knowledge of the way I should go so that while on my journey, He is ever leading me to life. But He does not give me knowledge, send me on my way, and say goodbye. No, He never says goodbye. As I go in the way He leads me, He gives me His very presence, and in that place alone, He fills me with joy over and over for all the days of my life. But, He never says goodbye. Finally, when this life fades away, and I move on into eternity, He has promised pleasures which are pure and good and happy and fun forever and ever! We will live with Him forever, and He will never say goodbye. So it is then, in ever season of life, both now and forever, He never says goodbye.
Let us consider the greatness of His faithfulness and rest in this truth and upon these promises, living every day with all of our focus on Jesus so that we rest secure stayed upon the One who always stays with us. The One who never says goodbye.