Never Say Never?

So I’ve already admitted to my love for the Spice Girls, but today I’ll share another little secret: I have been known, upon occasion, to enjoy a good Justin Bieber song.  How can you not?  He’s got some catchy tunes.  It’s impossible to listen to this one without bouncing along.  Simply impossible.   

But there is one song, that my teeny bopper friend and I disagree.  The Biebs says, “Never Say Never,” but I say, “Sorry, Justin, you’re incorrect, there are some things I will never ever do…”

Eat at Golden Corral, enjoy water chestnuts, pay my own taxes,  pay full price for towels, shower curtains, or sponges (hello TJ Maxx!), and allow the nutritional facts to drive a wedge between me and my Bloomin’ Onion from Outback. 

Similarly, but SO much, much more profound and life giving, God has made us some “never” promises that are worth holding on to tightly and embracing–particularly when faced with uphill battles, crippled by fear, surrounded by uncertainty, or simply trying to make sense of life.

God will NEVER fail us.

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)
God will NEVER leave us.
“I will not leave you.”
Joshua 1:5 (NKJV) 
God will NEVER stop loving us.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
      His mercies never cease.
 Great is his faithfulness;
      his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)