"...know the God of your father, and serve him with single mind and willing heart; for the Lord searches every mind, and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will abandon you forever" (1 Chronicles 28:9, ancient King David's words to his son, Solomon)
“For God so loved the world
that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not
perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into
the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be
saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those
who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not
believed in the name of the only Son of God" (John 3:16-18, God the Son
Jesus' words to Nicodemus and to us all).
God wants to hold us
in His arms forever. That's why Jesus took on human flesh, died on a
cross, and rose from death. By His dying, He took the punishment for sin
we deserve. By His rising, He opens up life with God to us all.
the bleakest, most horrible of times we encounter in this life, God
will not abandon us, though, tragically, we might abandon God.
Hold on tightly to the God we know with certainty in Jesus Christ!
[Thoughts inspired by today's installment of Our Daily Bread.]