His Promise

Are you watching Ted Lasso? No judgment if you are or are not. But the 7-time Emmy Award-winning flagrant cussing comedy finished its second season last week. It ended in ugly betrayal, and without revealing the spoilers, all I can say is the main character was done so dirty, it left me stinging for some reason. I went to bed uneasy, and I woke up seeking answers to my uneasiness and turned to the Word. 

I have not had much deception or deceit dealt my way, but when it comes, it sure stings. The feelings are memorable and linger long past the time it happens, especially when done by someone close to you. I think you would agree that most betrayal comes from wanting something someone else has. Position, power, relationship, status, and property all seem to drive shortcuts and cut downs. The closer the doer is, the deeper the wound.

King David said it like this:

“If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend…” Psalm 55:12-13

They were his “boys,” and they betrayed their friend, David.

What would I do with all those emotions if that happened to me? Betrayal stings. Would I sting back? Would I compartmentalize it? It’s so easy for it to turn ugly fast. Instead of violence or self-medication, David turns to God.

“As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.” Psalm 55: 17-18

Great advice, Uncle Dave, but may I share one fundamental problem? That seems like a lot of pain to give to God. Does He really have time for my drama?

It’s hard to trust God because I think He is going to let me down. 

Why would the God of the Universe let one of His beloved children down? Well, He wouldn’t. It’s my skewed interpretation of God. People have let me down, so God will probably too.

But His Promise says something completely different.

“Be content with such things as you have: for He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Never? And what does forsake mean anyway? According to Strongs Concordance, the word “forsake” in the Bible has been used as abandon, desert, leave in straits, leave helpless, utterly forsaken, to leave behind, to leave left just surviving.

Remember that promise that comes from Hebrews at the back of the Bible? That is a quote of a promise that God started in the very front part of the Bible, and He knew who He was talking to, so He even has Moses hear it and then repeats it to Joshua!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”‘ Deuteronomy 31:6-8

Let me repeat this:

God will never abandon you.

God will never leave you in straits.

God will never leave helpless.

God will never leave you utterly forsaken. 

God will never leave you behind

God will never leave you just surviving.

God will never betray you.  

He can handle your pain, disappointment, trauma, and even your drama. He is in this with you. And so are we. If you have anything I can help you pray about, would you please drop me an email? ShawnMcCarthy@seacoast.org.

We will get through this together!

In His service and at yours!


Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

2 thoughts on “His Promise

  1. Thank you for this uplifting reminder of God’s love. You have written this I’m sure, as a reminder of how much God loves us.


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