The Dark Night of the Soul ?

Have you experienced a “dark night of the soul” because you felt totally abandoned?

Here are some things to remember:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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…
  4. 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?

First, you must remember. Remember that if you belong to Jesus you aren’t alone – though you may feel like it. Also remember that He knows what that feeling is like – He’s been there and beyond (He really was alone).

Second you must fight your feelings with truth. The battle is in your mind. You must get your mind to control your feelings. You must fight the feeling of being alone with the fact that you are not alone.

How do you do these things (remember and fight feelings with facts)?

Quite simply, you go to the Cross.

Never forget in the darkness what you have learned in the light.

Never forget in the darkness what you have learned in the light.

Go to Him.

Run to Him.

Talk to Him.

Listen to Him. Read what He has told you in His word.

My prayer for you is that you will do that. And in doing so, that He will become more real to you today.

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