But time passes. And then more time passes. And fight as we might, nothing seems to change. The days wear on, and we grow weary. We begin to lose our nerve, and our stamina. We are now threatened, even more perhaps than by the trial's severity, by its longevity. Questions stab into our hearts like fiery darts: "Why would God let me suffer so long?"...."Has He forgotten me?"..."Has my seeking to live for Him been in vain, after all?"
If we find ourselves in an agonizing place of seeming abandonment, and cry out to God in anguished prayer, we can remember that there is Someone who knows exactly how we feel. God the Father has heard that cry from his own Son - on the cross. Ponder, then, dearly beloved, afflicted one, this amazing fact: The Father deliberately turned His back on His own Son, so that He would never have to turn His back on us.
And therefore, you and I can patiently endure, for surely He will "...be with you, and will keep you..., and will bring you into the land...that He has spoken to you of." (Genesis 28:15). He has told us, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). Interestingly, the original Greek uses five negatives, and can thus be rendered, "I will not, I will not leave thee; I will never, never, never forsake thee." The words could not be better arranged to express stronger consolation and confidence. Hold on to this precious promise of the unchangeable goodness and friendship of God toward you, all you who put your trust in Him! Although our eyes may not see it now, the one who trusts in Him will be blessed! He who is the rock of our strength, the Rock of ages, promises us: "I will not in any way fail you, nor give you up, nor leave you without support. I will not (I will not, I will not) in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake you, nor let you down, nor relax My hold on you - assuredly not" (Hebrews 13:5 Amplified Bible).