But Not Forsaken
April 4, 2014
Okay, I know, not a very bright, cheerful way to Echo a message to you but, stay with me.
I’ll ask you a question and even though we are not face-to-face I’m fairly certain the answer you would give. Have you ever been, or felt, forsaken?
If you haven’t had that experience, consider yourself highly blessed. I
would echo to you, oh yes, I’ve both been and felt forsaken. Actually
rather recently, and it’s a terrible feeling.
Forsaken—to leave or to abandon. . . .
As I was pondering (you may notice I use that word often—I ponder
a lot!), my mind went to a piece of a scripture, “Persecuted, but not forsaken.”
Ponder, ponder . . . but, my circumstance hasn’t changed. I quickly went to find my Bible, and began reading 2 Corinthians 7:7-9:
“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence
of the power may be of God and not of us. We are
hard pressed on every side yet not crushed, we are perplexed
but not in despair, persecuted but NOT FORSAKEN,
struck down but not destroyed.”
When feeling forsaken, every emotion in these two verses is there;
hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, struck down. NOT FORSAKEN?
Feels like forsaken to me. ONLY because of the life and death of Jesus,
on my/our behalf, can it be true—no other way.
Therefore, that chapter goes on:
“Do not lose heart because what is ahead for us is a far more
exceeding weight of glory; the things which are seen (being
or feeling forsaken) are temporary, but the things which are
not seen are eternal.”
As Paul encouraged the Corinthians, I encourage all of us . . . Do Not
Lose Heart. There is ONE and ONLY ONE who has promised He would
never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5b).
“Now may the Lord God of peace who brought up our Lord
Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete
in every good work to do His will, working in you what is
well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be
glory forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13: 20 & 21).
His peace makes us complete, NOT FORSAKEN.