SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013
Have you ever felt as though you were all alone and nobody cared? You might be surprised to know that the great apostle Paul felt this way too. In his final epistle, he wrote, “Everyone abandoned me” (2 Timothy 4:16 NLT). Know this: God has not abandoned you! He can compensate by His own loving presence for every earthly loss.
C.H. Spurgeon wrote, “If all else forsook him, Jesus was company enough. If all others despised him, the smile of Jesus was approval enough. If the good cause seemed to be in danger, in the presence of his Master, victory was sure. The Lord who had stood for him at the cross now stood for him in the prison. It was a dungeon, but the Lord was there; It was dark, but the glory of the Lord lit it up with Heaven’s own splendor.”
Listen: Better to be in a jail with the Lord than to be anywhere else without Him. Jesus is with us as well, in the good and bad times of life. God reminds us in His Word, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2 NLT).
When Jesus hung on the cross, He cried out the words “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Those were not delusional words. They were factual. Jesus, at this point, was most likely bearing the sins of the world. Here is the good news: Jesus was forsaken for a time that you might enjoy God’s presence forever.
Know this: Jesus will never forsake you. You have His Word on that. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Or from the Greek it would translate out more like, “I will never, no never, leave you nor forsake you.”
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.