March 1, 2015
They still didn’t get it, didn’t realize that He was referring to the Father. So Jesus tried again. “When you raise up the Son of Man, then you will know who I am–that I’m not making this up, but speaking only what the Father taught me. The One who sent me stays with me. He doesn’t abandon me. He sees how much joy I take in pleasing Him.”
John 8:27-29 (MSG)
I am not abandoned. I love how the Message uses the word “abandon” to describe Jesus’ message. He was being accused, hated and mocked but He felt accepted. He knew He was accepted. He believed He was accepted so He felt accepted. When I go through feelings of abandonment it is because I feel deeply alone. I am looking at my natural situation. No one else is there with me, so I must be alone. This recently happened when I was recovering from sickness and my husband began to walk away from me in the grocery store. I said, “Why are you leaving me?”
This may seem extreme until you know another fact- I could barely walk. My knees were swollen and in great pain. It seemed impossible to take another step to the bathroom door and I had to go terribly. In that moment I wanted him to take my arm and help me walk. But he was walking ahead of me to try to show me the restroom. Had he really left me? Not at all. He was right there with me; this was simply a distorted perception in a moment of weakness.
I believe we do the same to GOD sometimes. Because we can’t feel Him with us we forget He is there, especially when we am in discomfort or pain. But He is a very present help in the time of need. He is always there and He has not abandoned us. The One who sent me stays with me. He doesn’t abandon me. He sees how much joy I take in pleasing Him.
May this become our reality in the midst of difficulty. When the winds and waves begin to blow, when people reject us left and right, when we want to quit because we do not feel accepted nor appreciated. Discouragement can begin to creep into our lives simply because we do not stay in the place of truth. It is when we are fully armored with the Armor of GOD (Ephesians 6:10-20) that we are able to overcome feelings of rejection with ease. But this reality comes through a constant mind renewal.
It is so important for us to take time daily to meditate on the truth, especially when going through a difficult season. And we all find so quickly that it is not enough to do this one time and then never come back to it again; the belt of truth must guard our emotions daily. This is a part of the Armor of GOD and it protects our waist. Our waist covers some of the most vital and sensitive organs in our body. These organs represent our sensitivity as humans – our emotions.
Abandonment is a heavy emotion, a strong feeling of aloneness and rejection by others, but the truth is that we are never alone as Christians. In fact, there are promises in the Bible that our GOD will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). This is truth no matter what is going on or how we feel. Our GOD is a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). He also encourages us not to be afraid or terrified because of them because He goes with us (Deuteronomy 31:6). We have to remember that no matter what others say or do to us, the LORD is with us. The fear of being alone, being hurt and having no solution can then begin to fade away into the distance as we visualize our Heavenly Father taking us into His arms, crying with us, singing songs of deliverance over us until we are comforted.
Do you need reassurance today that GOD is with you and you are not an abandoned child?
Pray this prayer with me: