Never Forsaken

Rebekyah Brewer

Love this quote from “Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting” by Dave Furman A great reminder that God never forsakes our abandons us. –

“The truth is, God does not look away from his people. However, David’s prayer reminds us of a unique time when God did look away from someone. Keller points out that the only person who sought God and truly did lose God’s face and did experience total darkness was Jesus. He really was forsaken by God. At the moment he died, everyone had betrayed, denied, rejected, or forsaken him, even his Father. Total darkness was indeed Jesus’s only friend. Keller says, “It was Jesus who truly experienced the ultimate darkness—the cosmic rejection we deserved so that we can know the Lord will never leave or forsake us.” Jesus experienced this forsaking on the cross: “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”(Matt. 27: 45–46). But even in the midst of his rejection, Jesus remained hopeful in the will of God. Even facing his death, Jesus could say in John 17: 5, “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.”Jesus rested in the plan that the triune God has set forth in the beginning—to glorify himself and save sinners by Christ’s death on the cross. The abandonment Jesus experienced on the cross really is good news to us. Because Jesus was truly abandoned by God the Father, we will never be abandoned by God.  Compassionate caretaker, do you think he will abandon you now in the midst of your own genuine loss? No, he won’t. Rest assured that because of Jesus, there is always hope, even in the darkest moments of your life. Jesus faced the cross and said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”so that you would never be forsaken (Matt. 27: 46).”

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