The Truth about the words Always and Never
John 5:17 (NIV) “In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
Do you use the words “always” and “never” to describe a habit or a character trait you or someone close to you may have? For example: “He is NEVER going to change. He will ALWAYS be that way.”
I have used these very words more times than I can count. Something happens and I revert to the old adage “THAT will NEVER happen.” Or “I am ALWAYS going to be this way.” Or “She will NEVER change.”
This morning, I had to go to the dictionary to determine what these words actually meant.
always (adv): Perpetually; throughout all time. 2. Continually; without variation.
never (adv): Not ever; not at any time; at no time. It refers to the past or the future.
Moving forward, the ALWAYS and NEVER statements I choose to focus on are the ones found in the truth of God’s word:
John 5:17 – My Father is ALWAYS at work
Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.