by Pastor Greg Laurie
Forsaken by God
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" - Matthew 27:46
Have you ever felt alone or forsaken by friends and family? Perhaps you have experienced a time where it seemed like God had abandoned you? Maybe you even felt as though your prayers were not heard and God had given up on you.
If so, then you have a vague idea of what Jesus felt in the most difficult day of His life on earth. The day when He hung on that Roman cross 2,000 years ago and cried out the words, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46).
It is important to note, however, that if you are a child of God you have never been nor will you ever be forsaken by God. Jesus made sure of this on the cross. He was not heard so that we might be heard. The ear of God was closed to Him for a time that it might be open to us forever. So you have not been forsaken by God. Nor will you ever be. For God Himself said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
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