Imperfection and instability abound in a world of sin. Seemingly solid promises are sometimes broken, sought-after security is too often found to be anything but secure, and relationships of refuge can prove to be relationships of subterfuge. But for those who know the Lord, there is a promise that will never be broken, security that ever remains secure, and a refuge that is always safe. For the believer in Jesus, God has promised, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). God is the God who stays.
In the storms of life, God stays. In trials of fire, God stays. In times of temptation, God stays. God stays. He never leaves; He never forsakes. He may choose for us to ride out a particular storm, but God stays with us. Should He allow us to be thrown into the furnace of fire, He goes into the furnace with us. He may allow temptation to try us, but God is there as our way of escape.
In our changing world, God is unchanging. God stays. If the world turns strongly against us, “we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:6). Even in martyrdom, God stays.
God is our Rock. “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment [justice]: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deut.32:4). Ours is but to hide ourselves in the cleft of our Rock.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Is. 26:3). Without being stayed upon the God who stays, we will be tossed about and battered by the turbulence of life. But in turbulent times, God stays. So whether peace or turbulence, we must trust in God. The only sure place of safety in any kind of danger is to be stayed upon Jehovah—the God who stays.
John Van Gelderen