What Would God Not Do?
“…because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV UK)
We’re all familiar with the phrase, “What would Jesus do?” It’s a question many people ask themselves on a daily basis, hoping that the answer will help them make the right decision at the right time. But I’d like to ask you something a little different: “What would God not do?” It’s a question you don’t hear very often, but I think it’s an interesting way for us to think about some of the eternal truths that make up God’s character.
In the book of Deuteronomy we see that God cannot abandon us. He’s faithful to see his work in us through to the end. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified… for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
I know that in times of trial and tribulation it can sometimes seem as if God is far away. But that’s not the truth—God has promised never to forsake us.
In the Psalms, we see that God cannot break his covenant with his beloved people. “I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered” (Psalm 89:34).
A covenant is an agreement between two parties. In the case of God’s covenant with his people, God makes a unilateral promise to be their God and for them to be his people. But unlike a contract that can be breached and torn up if either party steps out of line, God’s covenant with us is based on his eternal nature of love and mercy. He will never go back on his promise. He truly is a God of his Word.
One last thing God will never do—he’ll never stop loving you. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).
Our Triune God’s love and kindness are unfailing, his covenant of mercy is unending, and he has promised never to forsake us. I’m glad I was reminded of these eternal truths. They’re ones I like to live by each and every day.
Gracious Father, we need reminding even of things we know and hold as eternal truths. So thank you for this reminder concerning your everlasting love. After all, Jesus died for us which can serve as a constant reminder. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach
About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA. You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.