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Song Stories Part 5: You Will Not Forsake The Ones You Love

December 9, 2017

 

 

The first thing I thought of when writing about this song was the Israelites. I was thinking about how God saved them from slavery and captivity in Egypt, parted the red sea, rained manna from heaven...yet they still, time and time again, questioned his faithfulness.

 

The movie Prince of Egypt makes you feel all the butterflies at the end of the movie, but if you read all that happened after that, it’s SERIOUSLY frustrating.  You’re telling me that you watched God open the ocean for you and you’re going to COMPLAIN and DISOBEY and act like FOOLS?!

 

And we think that SURELY that would not be me, surely if I saw all of those wonders and miracles I would never question Him again.

 

But as I criticize and questioned that behavior, I find myself no different. I find myself as one of those who has seen God’s faithfulness over and over and still question Him. I still doubt. I still wonder if he’s with me. I’m there, right now. I am the Israelite...and you probably have been, too.

 

I don’t know what it takes for us to remember. I don’t know how many times he has to write it on the wall, how many times he has to kindly remind me until it sinks in. But He always will. His grace and patience is too great for me to understand.

 

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!

   His mercies never cease.

Great is his faithfulness;

   his mercies begin afresh each morning.

(Lamentations 3:22-23)

 

If you watched this week’s video you heard the story of Kandis, her diagnosis and her testimony of a true miracle. He is able and He is faithful.

 

We serve a God who is close to the details. Who somehow cares about all of our worries and fears, and EVEN IF our prayer isn’t answered the way we hope it would be, he is still faithful.

 

There’s a significant lyric in You Will Not Forsake that I want to point out:

 

“I am Yours, I’ll always be

Nothing can take you away from me”

 

I have tears in my eyes as I’m typing these words. This world can be dark and ugly; we live in brokenness and sin with tragedy and death and sickness and cancer and evil. The enemy is capable of taking a lot from us. There’s a lot we can lose. But the love of God can never be taken away. NOTHING can ever take him away from us. And that is enough.

 

Through loss, through pain, through times when we don’t understand and it’s so hard...NOTHING can ever take You away from me. Thank you, Jesus.

 

I want to be found faithful. Through it all, and even if he doesn’t. I want to be someone who trusts in His goodness and His purpose.

 

I hope that when you need a reminder of hope you can cling to this and know that these aren’t just words, it's truth. He will never forsake you.

 

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