Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods. (Joshua 24:16) Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and worshiped the Baals. (Judges 2:11 NASB)
How many times have I messed up big time and then said, "I'll never do that again only to do it all over again later on? Have you been subject to the "I'll never do it again syndrome?"
The children of Israel were often guilty of the never say never mindset. They declared on more than one occasion that they'd never worship foreign gods or set up idols of worship -- but they did.
Peter said, "Even if everyone else desert you, I never will," -- but he did. Before the rooster crowed twice he denied his Lord three times. (Mark 14:29-31)
There is only one person who can use the never and not be accused of contradiction or falsehood. That person is the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus says, "I will never leave you or forsake you"-- never means never. Take courage in the fact that Jesus' use of the word never is an absolute fact that cannot be denied.