We see this refrain (or its equivalent) in Scripture over 75 times.
We see it personally concerning the loss of loved ones. Whether it was by their choice or someone else’s. Whether it was through death or relational conflict. We see moments where the loss is personal and God’s response is the same... “I will never leave you nor forsake you...” (Deut 31:6,8)
We see it prophetically. It can be a lonely place when God has positioned you to do a work that will prompt others to do good that seeks justice, rescues the oppressed, defends the orphan, & pleads for the widow even when culture, politics, and the favorable responses of people say otherwise. And even when others don’t understand what God is saying or showing, and you feel unheard and misunderstood, God's answer is the same..."I will never leave you nor forsake you..." (Jer 1:8)
We see it professionally. After the new hire honeymoon is over. After the great idea goes south during implementation. After you made an earnest but not repetitive mistake. After the layoff hit your desk or even after you were justifiably terminated. After being looked over for a promotion or receiving a warped evaluation. After getting project orders that you feel ill-equipped to perform. The answer is the same..."I will never leave you nor forsake you..." (1 Chron 28:1-20)
We see it concerning provision. When you live generously but the windows of heaven seem shut. When family members take advantage of your heart. When your kids are looking for gifts under the Christmas tree. When you ponder on what life would be like if you were able to meet all your needs and maybe even some wants. God responds during that frustration the same way..."I will never leave you nor forsake you..." (Heb 13:5)
During this season, we are reminded, that no matter what we are going through, we serve Emmanuel. He is God with us. Through personal loss, prophetic loneliness, professional distress, and provisionally lack. He is still Emmanuel. Where do you need Emmanuel to step in today and remind you that He is still present and in control?