How many of us feel abandoned by God? How many of us have trusted in God, not gotten the results we expected, become confused, and felt like he was not there for us? I know I have fallen into this trap. Again, this is the result of not understanding how God, in his infinite knowledge, cares for us.
We see this feeling of abandonment even in Jesus, when his humanness cried out these words in anguish. In these words of Jesus, we see ourselves, our pain, and our confusion. We also see how God used this place of feeling abandoned for the salvation of all people. We see how God used the unexpected as a way of bringing humanity closer to himself.
From this example, we can learn to trust as Jesus trusted. He may have experienced feelings of abandonment, but we know that he knew the true value of what was happening to him. He knew that all things work for the good for those who love God.
It is amazing that God loves us so much that he became man so that he could show us how he understands our human nature. He felt our pain. He felt our loneliness. He felt our joy. He felt it all. Jesus continues to feel and to experience our humanness as the head of the body of Christ.
He knows our hurts and pains firsthand. He has a plan. He will use our negative experiences to his glory. Yes, we might feel abandoned, and even doubt in God. Learn from Jesus’ experience on the cross to know that even when things feel bleak and we feel abandoned, God is in control. He will bring good things from the pain.
Surrender to the will of the God who loves you enough to have walked in footsteps similar to yours. He has compassion, and he will bring you through this.