Sis. Linda Anderson
When I wonder what it would be like to leave God, I consider what the results would mean to me…
First would be separation from the best friend and most loyal listener I have ever had. He understands me better than I understand myself. He has been there for me through thick and thin, right and wrong, ups and downs. He understands my thoughts afar off and He remembers that I am but dust. Psalm 139:23, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:” Psalm 103:14, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”
He knows me by my name. He sees every tear I have ever shed, every hard lesson I’ve learned, and every disappointment and sorrow. Psalm 56:8, “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” He knows my past, and in spite of it all, He loves me.
I had better look closely at what it would mean to leave God. It would mean I would have no one to talk to in the middle of a dark night; no one to be there when I am sick; no one to explain why I shouldn’t do something. There would be no one to direct my steps, to encourage me to hold onto what is right and shun what is evil. Psalm 119:133, “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” There would be no one to help my children.
Yes, I had better keep in mind what it would mean for me to take the reins and try to go my own way. I must see what it would mean to be alone, with no peace, joy, or real and lasting satisfaction. I would lose the approval of God in my life, and feel that God is angry with the wicked every day. Psalm 7:11, “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” I would no longer have God to watch over me, and I would be overcome by the world. When God sees me, He would see a soul bound for Hell, a backslider and a hard heart. 2 Peter 2:20-21, “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” Yes, I need to greatly consider and take heed concerning what it would mean to leave God.†