Yesterday I listened to a woman share how she had once had experienced severe abandonment issues in her past. It reminded me of another part of God’s character – what He is like.
It’s no wonder that in this era of fast transportation, global accessibility, mobile jobs, homes, and people, that we as a human race experience abandonment. Families are no longer in geographical reach, so the built-in face-to-face support system we once had has vanished. Add to that the break-up of homes and families, and all the “garbage” that comes with that – betrayal, anger, depression – and it’s no wonder people feel alone.
Then there are “normal” losses – the death of a loved one, or a lost job. One can feel alone because they have encountered a problem that they feel no one can help them with, or maybe because they weren’t included in a gathering of friends, or were already in a crowd but felt alone anyway.
It’s even worse when one feels like God has left them. When things go wrong it’s easy to think that God has backed off from protecting us; that He’s gone on extended vacation somewhere in another part of the universe.
But is that like God? Is that part of His character?
The truth is: God never, never leaves us alone. Not for an instant.
I’m fascinated with Hebrew. Certainly I’m no expert, but I read from my Hebrew Bible as often as I can (s-l-o-w-l-y and with vocabulary and lexicons VERY close by!).
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 41;10 – “Do not anticipate the bad, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will make you strong; I will help you; I will support you with My righteous right hand.” (My translation.)
There are other places in Scripture that say the same thing. One more is Matthew 28:20: “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
THIS is who God is. When everything crashes down around you, God is still there. When every human abandons you, He is still there. When you are rejected, He is still there. In fact, even when you do wrong things and fall flat on your face, God is still with you. He doesn’t leave you for an instant.
You are His precious, created child, and He treasures you enough to walk your life-journey alongside of you. No, He doesn’t keep you from making mistakes, or from their consequences. He protects you from more than you will know, but not from everything that life dishes out. However, He is there with you through it, as Someone you can lean on for support.
God never takes a vacation from you. He doesn’t even want to. That’s how much He loves and cares about you.
Sometimes you may sense Him near, other times you may not. But it doesn’t change the fact that He’s there anyway. How we can better recognize Him is another topic . . .
Please share . . . How and when have you sensed God’s presence in your life? Or when did you need to sense Him near, but didn’t?