Recently I went to bed early and briefly watched Christian TV. Jimmy Evans and his wife, Karen, have a marriage ministry and he shared the following scripture:
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU.” (Hebrews 13:4,5)
Jimmy explained that to “leave” within the marriage context means “to walk away with your feet” i.e. to physically leave the marriage. But to “forsake” within the marriage context means “to turn your heart away” from one’s spouse, i.e. to emotionally abandon the relationship. I have known this scripture for many years but had never understood the separate meanings of the two words. If God uses two different words He has a good reason and wants us to understand something about Him.
This explains why there are many marriages where couples are still physically living together but the coldness within the relationship is because their hearts have turned away from each other. As believers, we are married to the Lord, and it is possible to be physically present in church but have hearts which have turned away from Him.
I understood what Jimmy was saying because for my whole adult life my parents had “forsaken” me by turning their hearts away from me. They loved me but wanted my happiness to come exclusively from them and were opposed to my relationship with Jesus and Jan and consequently rejected me. Ultimately, it led to disinheritance. God reminded me of the Scripture:
When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me (Psalm 27:10).
I knew that I had received a specific word from God and even called Jan to share it with him. I told him that God had just told me that He would never walk away from me and He would never turn His heart away from me! I felt overwhelmed by the revelation and immediately hid it in my heart. Less than two hours later I dislocated my hip while getting out of bed to go to the bathroom.
This “treasure” was what I meditated on during my hour-long ambulance trip to PE. On Saturday I realized that this was the first dislocation that I had never cried. I usually cry from shock, pain,fear and frustration – but this time was different – I knew God was not only with me physically but also emotionally supporting me during my crisis.
Remember that God had to “forsake” – turn His heart away from His only Son as He bore our sin upon the cross – SO THAT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORSAKEN! Take a moment to let that thought sink into your heart. No-one will ever love you more than God.
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” (Matthew 27:46).
Turn your heart towards Jesus, believe that He died and rose again so that you could become a forgiven, righteous child of God -Â and rejoice in the knowledge that God will never physically leave you nor emotionally abandon you! That is news worth celebrating!
May you have a truly blessed day.
P.S. If you are married, give your spouse a hug and ask God to help you never to turn your heart away from them!