Updated: Oct 27, 2018
Growing up without a father, it made me feel abandoned and deserted at times…. Forsaken as a kid growing up and wondering why.
But when I became a Christian, there was and still is one promise from the Lord that seems to be consistent throughout Scripture. That is…...God saying to us, His children -
“I’ll never leave you, nor forsake you”.
Deuteronomy 31:6,8; I Kings 8:57; I Chronicles 28:20; Nehemiah 9:31
Moses told the children of Israel, the second generation who would be entering into the Promised Land - Deuteronomy 4:31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
The Lord told Joshua - Joshua 1:5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you….
We know that the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us, but there are still those times and moments in our walk where we feel alone and sometimes it seems like the Lord is not near.
I think of those in the bible who may have struggled in those most vulnerable times in their own lives:
David in the the cave of Adullam- I Samuel 22:1 ….
Elijah in the cave when he was fleeing from Jezebel- I Kings 19:9,13 ….
Jeremiah when he was thrown in the cistern- Jeremiah 38:6….
John the Baptist in Mathews 11 was in prison, he goes as far as saying….Matthew 11:2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?
This is the same John who baptized his cousin Jesus, this is the same John, who said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”.
Matthew 11:4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
When life starts caving in all around us, this is when we start thinking that the Lord has forsaken us. When trouble arises and the storms of life come we often ask the question; “Where are you Lord?”
When we lose a job or get laid off
Sickness (of a Spouse, Parent(s), Sibling, Child)
Having a prodigal child
Where are you Lord?
However, toward the end of Paul’s earthly ministry and life, awaiting to be beheaded, in the Mamertine Prison/Dungeon and he of all people should have felt forsaken, but he tells Timothy….II Timothy 4:16 At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.”
So he had this sense that the Lord was still with him, when all human means had failed and forsaken him. He says “But the Lord stood with me” …
Do you believe that the Lord can stand with you when everyone else leaves? When your father and my mother forsake me, the Lord will take care of you, the psalmist wrote.
Therefore, we still have this great promise from the Lord that is consistent throughout the bible…... Hebrews 13 says…5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Jesus told his disciples and us, Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
He is with us - Immanuel, which is translated “God with us” Matthew 1:23….. We need more of His presence in our lives and that deep abiding communion and fellowship with our Lord, which give us the assurance that He wants to walk with us through everything that pertains to life on this side of heaven
If you are broken and downtrodden, and feel lonely, don’t throw in towel.
God wants to hear from you, He loves us and He’s not going to ever leave us, no matter what it seems like…
It never ever crosses God’s mind to desert or forsake His own children.
Quote: I learned that having the answers is not essential to living but the one thing that is; Sensing God's presence during those dark seasons of questioning are indispensable.