The Expository Files


 I Have Not Seen The Righteous Forsaken 

The Psalmist wrote, “I have been young, now I am old; I have not seen the righteous forsaken.” (Psa. 37:25). In an age of cynicism and doubt, it is important to remember that faithful men and women of God in the past have always shown strength, confidence, and resolve because they knew that after the storms of life are past that God will give them victory.

God has made firm promises to His faithful people. He said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5,6). But this is important: These statements do not mean that all adverse circumstances are removed from a Christian’s life. In fact, and to the contrary, men and women of faith have had to face sickness, grief and death just like everyone else. And beyond that, some have had to face increased difficulties because of their faith! Did I say “just like everyone else”?

Well, that is not exactly so. Christians can face adversity with a calmness and confidence that others lack, if the Christian’s faith is what it ought to be. They know that God is with them. They know that adversity only lasts for a short time. They live with an abundant hope of heaven and a victory that never ends. As David said, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Why not? David said unto God, “For Thou art with Me.” We may have to travel the valley, but never alone, and God is more powerful than death, for even death will be swallowed up in victory on the day that Christ, the Lord, returns.

By Jon W. Quinn
The Final Page
From Expository Files 19.4 April  2012