Healthy Connections Day 7: Sunday Selah
“I will not leave you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5, ESV)
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46, ESV)
Being alone for a short period of time at my age can be quite enjoyable. I usually end up wasting time, eating too much, and so on, and that’s probably why it’s enjoyable! But being alone for a long period of time is not something I enjoy. And far worse than that is the notion of being alone in a time of great suffering. Unlike any other time, these are the moments we need those connections—especially that connection with God. As believers, we can confidently say, though, that we never have to be alone. Even if all our friends and family members abandon and forsake us, we have the promise that God gave to His chosen people in Joshua chapter 1. He says He will never leave us, and He will never forsake us. I’m thankful that, whatever we go through, He has promised to always be with us (and within us)!
That wasn’t the case for the Lord Jesus. His quotation of Psalm 22:1 came in the dark hours of the cross, at the very peak of His suffering. He had already been beaten, spit upon, crowned with thorns, whipped, and crucified. We can’t really understand how it could get any worse than that, but it did. In the darkness, He made the payment for sin—separation from God (and death would soon follow). Is it something we can understand? Of course we can’t. Jesus was God manifest in the flesh, but as He was “made…to be sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21, ESV), He was left alone to bear the cost. Our Savior. Our Friend. Our Lord. Alone. All connections were lost during those moments as He suffered by Himself.
It is bittersweet to consider this: He was left alone to assure I would never have to be alone. His sacrifice has given me eternal life, a new Father, a new Groom, a new family of believers, and a new Friend—a Friend that will never leave me. Whether I suffer or whether I celebrate, my Friend will always be with me!