Have you ever felt abandoned by God? Have you ever thought, “Where are you, God?” or “When will bring an end to _______, God?” I have certainly had days like that, especially in the past seven months of unemployment.
Perhaps, like me, you’ve wondered, have I done something wrong? Is this because of some sin in my life? Sometimes it might be because of some unfaithfulness in our lives. But other times we might experience it during times of great faithfulness to God. Jesus certainly knew this—on the cross, at the moment of his deepest obedience to God’s will, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) Jesus knows what it feels like to wonder where God is.
I believe that He is faithful and that these verses are true and trustworthy:
- I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten. Joel 2.25
- And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8.28
- For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29.11
There are others that could be quoted too.
I have been struck by Abraham’s faithfulness recently. I seem to run into it everywhere—been studying Romans personally and in Sunday School, and the other day he showed up in the second chapter of James too. Abraham’s faith in God went beyond mere acknowledgement—he believed the promises of God, even when there was little to no evidence of their fulfillment. That made me think, what are the promises of God to me? I came up with this list (certainly not exhaustive)—God promises that…
- He loves me
- He forgives me
- He gives me eternal life
- His Spirit will not depart from me
- His peace is my peace
- I will have joy
- He will encourage me
- He will bless me
- He will answer prayers
I took one of those, peace and came up with this:
- Psalm 29:11—”May the Lord give strength to His people; May the Lord bless His people with peace!”
- Isaiah 26:3—trusting in God leads to peace.
- John 14:27—Jesus’ peace is not like that of the world. His peace should quell our troubled hearts and drive out fear.
- Romans 5:1–2—because of Grace, we have peace with God.
- Ephesians 2:14—Jesus is our Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
- 2 Thessalonians 3:16—He grants us peace in every circumstance.
I know that in the coming weeks I will need to be reminded that God has not abandoned me. Searching for a new job is hard and has it’s ups, downs and uncertainties.
Jesus was unjustly murdered, but what does Scripture say? In Isaiah 53 we read:
As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied; 11a
Jesus at the height of His obedience was forsaken by God, but, in the end, He was satisfied. May that be true for all of us, no matter what difficulties we’re experiencing now or in the future. May we be satisfied with our life in Christ.