Where are you living? I don’t mean the place where you park your car or the address that your GPS takes you to when you touch the HOME button. Where do you live in your thoughts, fantasies, worries and wants? Is it Never Never Land or the Land of Never?
Thanks to Peter Pan, most people have some knowledge of the fictional place called Never Never Land. It’s that place that’s fixed within the framework of your imagination where everything is so wonderfully pleasant and perfect that is far beyond the scope of reality.
The Land of Never is also an imaginary place, but it’s one of a harsher existence. The boundaries of the Land of Never are marked by signs that reflect a contempt for self, others, and the truth:
- Sign #1: I will never be loved or respected.
- Sign #2: I will never get a job.
- Sign #3: I will never be able to go home again.
- Sign #4: God will never forgive me.
- Sign #5: My life will never get better.
If you believe the lies of the Land of Never, you will be chained to your past and you’ll never live in the present. Words like “never” and “always” are usually void of the truth, and they’re lies that limit you.
The only “never” that really matters is found in Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
If you’re living in the Land of Never, isn’t it time to pack your bag, move out, and start abiding in Christ? Jesus said, “If you continue (abide) in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31-32).”
As you begin the move, I encourage you to focus on a promise found in the Psalms:
The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.