NBA free agency took another wild turn last night with the announcement that Dwyane Wade is leaving the Miami Heat to sign a new deal with the Chicago Bulls. This is shocking news when considering Wade has spent his entire 13-year career with the Heat, winning three NBA Championships and representing the franchise in such a major way.

As sports fans, seeing another player leave a team at the very end of his career is disappointing. To watch Wade play in a jersey without “Miami” or “Heat” written on it will be strange, but on the other hand, we’ve gotten used to it. Athletes like Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, and Joe Montana all left the success of the teams they helped sustain and finished their careers elsewhere.

In sports and life, the occurrence of people coming in and going out of our lives is common. We can feel pain and discouragement when friends move to another city or coworkers find a new job or people end marriages. Sometimes these experiences can cause us to lack trust or fear being left behind.

Although loyalty is often hard to find with people and life’s circumstances, we should be encouraged that God does not operate the same way. In Deuteronomy 31:6-8 (ESV), Moses explains to Israel that Joshua will become their new leader.

He says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.’ Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.’”

God’s character is revealed in this powerful passage, and to realize that He will not leave or forsake us is comforting. In other words, God won’t abandon us or leave us high and dry.

As sports fans, our favorite players will desert us at some point, and sadly the people in our lives will come and go. But today, let’s praise the wonderful God we serve who goes with us and never leaves us. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you so much for Your love and loyalty to me. Please help me to honor You with my life, and remember that You are with me and won’t ever leave me. I pray that I will find my comfort in You when other people end up leaving me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.