This was a question that was presented on of fellow blogger’s webpage recently. He discussed how in the Old Testament, God turned His face away from Israel, and also left Samson. This was my reply that can give us all hope that God will never leave us:
I believe that God is incapable of leaving us. The verses that you cited were in the Old Testament, and were, by chance, a result to sin. God could not bear to even look at sin. That’s how it was when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He cried out, “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34). But, the Bible also says that, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5). We can live knowing that because of Jesus, God will always be with us. God sent Jesus to die for our sins so that we might have a relationship with Him. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9) Jesus was able to mend the broken relationship of mankind with God because he died for ALL sin. Maybe God did not always make Himself visibly present in the Old Testament, but we can be certain that He will never leave us now. He may not always answer our prayers right away, or even in the way we want them answered, but He hears us, and is always in our hearts, as long as we seek Him fully. “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ ” (Matthew 22:37) If we fully accept that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was risen again on the third day so that we may spend eternity in heaven with Jesus, we will be saved and forgiven of our sins. And because of that, God will never leave us. But, what’s even cooler than that is that God loves everyone. The sinners. The broken. The lost. He loves us because we are His creation and because of Jesus. As I already shared, He loves us so much that He sent his ONLY son to die and suffer and feel the weight of every sin ever committed, past, present, or future, as well as sorrow, hurt, pain, anguish, and so much more so that we can have that relationship. I hope this is helpful. I apologize for the long comment. I just wanted to provide scriptural proof that God will never, ever leave us, and that is something to be so joyous about and to praise our Lord continually for.
Also, after thinking on this more and reflecting how God interacted with Israel, I remember how He still delivered the Promised Land. He did not let the first generation receive it, but He kept His promise and provided it to the next generations. This was due to Israel’s disobedience. We more often than not disobey God, and as mentioned, God does not always answer our prayers in the way or time we want, but it doesn’t mean He has left. Everything is perfect in His timing and in His plan. “”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”” (Jeremiah 29:11).
God is always here. He will never leave you. This can become apparent by reading your bible and witnessing Him on your daily routine. Look around and see this beauty in the world. God is in everything, everywhere. He is the creator of all and He loves us. If you are ever worried that God will leave you, remember, “25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-34)
God is always here. He is with me and you this very minute. He is with you when you sleep and when you are awake. He is there when you are happy, sad, scared, bored, excited, busy, free, confused, lost, found. He is ALWAYS here. And He ALWAYS will be.