Never will I experience what Jesus did on the cross at Calvary when He cried out “My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken me?”
This is the only time on record where Jesus questioned His Father and asked “WHY ?” My Saviour was cut off from the Father. Amongst everything else that He bore, He bore my doubt. “Why hast Thou forsaken Me?” He bore my despair.
Now if He bore it, do I need to have it? The whole principle of the atonement is: He took my place!
Because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, no matter what situations or circumstances I find myself in, nothing can separate me from the love of God.
Romans: 8 v’s 35 – 39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? As it is written, for THY SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL THE DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through HIM that loved us. For I am persuaded, neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any creature, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The reason I FEEL (feelings come and feelings go) forsaken by God is always based in believing a lie – I fail to recognise the process that God is working in my life. Yes there will be times of trial and tribulation, but this is the trial of my faith.
Neh : 8 v 10 The Joy of the Lord is my strength.
Psm : 6 v 11 In His presence is fullness of joy.
Rmns : 15 v 13 Joy and peace are in believing, which is faith.
The quality of my life is related to the obedience of my life, and obedience is learnt by humbling myself.
Heb : 5 v 8 Jesus learnt obedience by the things He suffered.
God resists (not forsakes) the proud, but He gives grace to the humble. My pride finds expression in my judgement of circumstances, situations and other people – God says “Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination,” that is something to be loathed. When I humble myself I am dealing with that which is loathsome to my Creator, and in so doing turn on the tap of grace which works in obedience, opening the door of blessing.