God Does not Forsake Us

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5-6

Being helpless is one of the hardest ways to lead a life. I do not think there is any country in the world that does not have homeless people. As you hear, I live in the United States of America, which is considered by many to be the most powerful country on Earth, and all its great cities hold thousands of homeless people in their streets. A helpless person has lost hope, but his face is filled with joy when he receives help. God has promised that He will not forsake us and His help will always be timely.

As I said before, even the developed countries live in helpless people. In the United States I have seen people living on the streets of cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington and Miami. Yes, the same glamorous cities you see in movies have their dark side. New York is called the capital of the world, San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, Chicago is a major financial center, Washington is the capital and Miami is the most important city in the south of the country. In all of them live people in the streets.

Many people come to live on the streets because of alcoholism or drug addiction; but that is not the only reason. Some have come to the streets because of unemployment and the subsequent foreclosure of their homes. Others, especially men, because of a divorce and even many veterans end up in the streets after risking their lives for their country in a warlike conflict. There are several different reasons that lead people to have as roof the starry sky and by bed to the hard floor of the streets.

Sometimes God experiences us to put ourselves in the shoes of our neighbor. I have gone three times because of the situation of being helpless in three different countries. The first time was in my own and I said then that the day I ate once was the happiest man in the world. On one occasion I walked about 10 miles in the city of Santo Domingo, including crossing a long bridge. As I walked, I thought that the people with the problems I had got thrown off that bridge. I crossed it without making me want to throw myself.

And although I have suffered in my flesh the helplessness in material and human, I have also seen that God, even when I lived giving my back to Him, He never left me. The way to realize the great care God has had of me is to note that, despite my crisis, He has preserved me from falling into alcoholism, drug addiction, depression or attempted suicide. Moreover, in every situation, He has moved the hearts of people who have given me the hand. These people have been for me just like protective angels sent by God.

If at this moment you are going through difficult times in which you feel helpless, I tell you that you are not alone, God has not forsaken you at any moment and He will use your crisis to do something in your favor. Maybe you do not understand why the pain or desperation of seeing you between the sword and the wall has cornered you. But believe it, and say as the Scripture says, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Word of God is faithful and true and there is no lie in it, your Father will never forsake you. God bless you.

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