Unlimited: The Father Never Forsakes His Children
Jun 30, 2020 1074
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46).
Have you ever felt forsaken by God? I have. We’re all human. But one of the hardest lessons we must learn is not to trust our own feelings. Jesus felt forsaken by God while on the cross as well.
But how could the Father who never forsakes his children, abandon his Holy Son?
Jesus said that the Father did not leave him alone (John 8:29). Paul says explicitly that at the Cross, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Read Psalm 22, from which Jesus quotes in his cry of abandonment. Read the context. You will find that this psalm is actually an explicit affirmation of God’s presence, in spite of all appearances to the contrary (v.24).
At the end, Jesus speaks words of faith to his Father, in full confidence of his loving presence, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46). He knew that the Father had not forsaken him, in spite of his suffering and anguish of mind.
The lesson of the Cross is that the Father never forsakes his children, even in their darkest moments. No matter what you might be going through, if you can still call him “Father,” then remember that he forever calls you his precious child.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: If you are feeling forsaken by God right now, what can you do to regain a sense of his presence? Remember the blessings you have received in the past. What were the things that brought you closer to God? Revisit them.