Have you experienced a “dark night of the soul” because you felt totally abandoned?
Here are some things to remember:
- Jesus, on the cross, cried out “Why have you forsaken me”? Jesus – who was eternally in connection with the Father and Holy Spirit, for the first time experienced total, utter, abandonment. Can you get that mental picture in your head? Here is God who has forever (always, eternally) been in community, here is God, now alone. Utterly alone.
- Not only that, but He went through that to ensure that those of us who know Him will never have to go through it. Read that again. You won’t every be alone because Jesus was alone for you – in your place.
- Thirdly, because He was alone – really alone – He knows what it feels like. He’s been there. Only in His case, as opposed to your case, He really was alone. You only feel alone. Which brings me to my final point…
- Finally, you may feel alone, but if you know Jesus, you will never be alone. Remember that. It feels real. It feels like you are really alone. But you aren’t. Your head knows that. It is simply a matter of getting your heart to believe it.
So, what is to be done?