“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5; Deut. 31:6).
In Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe, a man (Crusoe) has been shipwrecked on a desert island. His first weeks and months were filled with finding food to eat, building shelter, and protecting himself from animals and humans (if there were other humans on the island).
In time, because of some of the things that happened to him, he began to consider his own sins and his relationship with God and Christ. From the shipwreck, he took a Bible and read it, which led him to faith in Jesus Christ.
Crusoe, in Defoe’s story, spent twenty-eight years on the island. during that time, his loneliness, lostness, and seemingly hopeless circumstances weighed very heavily on his heart.
As I walked about, either on my hunting or for viewing the country, the anguish of my soul at my condition would break out upon me on a sudden, and my very heart would die within me to think of the woods, the mountains, the deserts I was in; and how I was a prisoner locked up with the eternal bars and bolts of the ocean, in an uninhabited wilderness, without redemption. In the midst of the greatest composures of my mind this would break out upon me like a storm and make me wring my hands and weep like a child.
One morning, being very sad, I opened the Bible upon these words, “I will never, never leave thee, nor forsake thee”: immediately it occurred that these words were to me; why else should they be directed in such a manner, just as the moment when I was mourning over my condition, as one forsaken of God and man? “Well then,” I said, “if God does not forsake me; seeing on the other hand, if I had all the world and should lose the favour and blessing and God, there would be comparison in the loss?
From this moment I began to conclude in my mind that it was possible for me to be more happy in this forsaken, solitary condition than it was probable I should ever have been in any other particular state in the world.
The Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is with us! We have His Word on it. Daniel Defoe understood it, and may we understand it, too.