There are times in the lives of us humans that we might feel forsaken. Maybe it’s by a friend or possibly a family member or someone we are in a loving relationship with.
These can be times of loneliness and even depression.
We do find places in scripture where there are those who voiced these feelings. In Psalm 142 David says, “Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul”.
The apostle Paul vents this frustration in 2 Timothy 4:16 when he says, “At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me”.
Jesus knew what this was like after He was arrested before His crucifixion. His closest followers abandoned Him as stated in Matthew 26:56: “Then all the disciples deserted him and fled”.
Even as Christians we can feel like God has forsaken us. In Psalm 22, King David felt like his God had forsaken him when he says in verse 1: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest”.
And then Jesus Himself stated some of these same words when He was hanging on the cross where in Matthew 27:46 He cries out, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”
If King David, who is described as one after God’s own heart, and Jesus had these feelings of being forsaken, then it’s natural that there are times that I feel this way.
It’s part of being human.
The great news is that when others forsake us, we do have a God who is always there to lean on who truly will never forsake us, even though it might seem at times he has done so.
Psalm 94:14 says, “For the Lord will not abandon His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance”, and in Hebrews 13:5 we are told these words, “Never will I leave you: never will I forsake you.”