The seasons change. Summer leaves and fall arrives. The leaves are displaying brilliant colors. Leaves are falling from the trees. People are raking piles of crunchy, dry leaves. Leaves, leaves, leaves! This causes me to think about scriptures that include the word leave. Yes, I know leaves and leave are two very different things, but let me share what I have discovered about leave. There are scriptures that assure us God will never leave us. There are other verses that instruct us to leave. Occasionally, we are told to leave something or someone alone.
While people may be creating piles of tree leaves, let us gather scriptural leaves.
God never leaves:
God told Jacob in a dream that He would not leave him. He also told Joshua He would not leave him.
What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you (Jacob) wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not LEAVE you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you. – Genesis 28:15 NLT
No one will be able to stand against you (Joshua) all the days of your life. As I (God) was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never LEAVE you nor forsake you. – Joshua 1:5
Moses shared with the Israelites God’s promise not to leave them.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you(the Israelites); He will never LEAVE you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6
Although Jesus told His disciples He would leave them, He also told them that He would not be leaving them because the Holy Spirit would come.
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to LEAVE this world and go to the Father. – John 13:1
The world cannot receive Him (the Holy Spirit), because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and will be in you. I (Jesus) will not LEAVE you as orphans; I will come to you. – John 14:17-18
Because of God’s faithfulness throughout history, we are assured He will not leave us.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I LEAVE you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
There are times to leave:
God spoke to Abram and Paul directing them to leave a specific location.
The LORD had said to Abram, “LEAVE your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.” – Genesis 12:1 NLT
… the Lord speaking to me (Paul). “Quick!’”He said. “LEAVE Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about Me.” – Acts 22:18
God may instruct us to leave a particular lifestyle.
LEAVE your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight. – Proverbs 9:6
Jesus’ words to the woman caught in adultery, “Go now and LEAVE your life of sin.” – John 8:11
Therefore LEAVING the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, – Hebrews 6:1 NASB
Jesus shared how a shepherd might leave many sheep to find one that is lost. He was giving an example of what He would do for those lost in sin.
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he LEAVE the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? – Luke 15:4
Jesus lived a life of coming and going. He left heaven to come to earth. Thirty-three years later, He left earth to return to heaven.
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to LEAVE this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. –John 13:1
May we be sensitive to the Lord’s leading for when to leave a location or a lifestyle.
There are times to leave someone or something alone:
As involved as Jesus was in the lives of those around Him, there were times He told people to leave others alone.
“LEAVE her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her (Mary who anointed Jesus feet)? She has done a beautiful thing to Me.” – Mark 14:6
Gamaliel gave similar instructions when the apostles were persecuted.
Therefore, in the present case I advise you: LEAVE these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. – Acts 5:38
Wisdom is requred to know when to act and when not to act. Paul gives good advice to us as well as the Romans.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but LEAVE room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. – Romans 12:19
There are leaves in abundance whether referring to leaves of trees or leaves of scripture.
I love the promise that the Lord will never leave us. Jesus told the disciples in Acts 1:4, “Do not LEAVE Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about.” Each day I receive a new impartation of this gift – the Holy Spirit. It is through the presence of the Holy Spirit in me that God never leaves me.
Referring to the Holy Spirit, Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I LEAVE with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” I am thankful for the Holy Spirit who never leaves me. He shows me when to leave. He also helps me know when it is best to leave a situation in His hands. He gives me peace in all circumstances.
I love the autumn tree leaves that never fail to appear during this season. I also love the promised leaves of scripture that never fail whatever the season.