There are times when the situations of life can make a person wonder if they’ve been forsaken by the God that they have trusted. Things ranging from health scares to family issues to financial crises can strain our understanding of God’s promise to never leave or forsake us (1 Kings 8:56-58, Hebrews 13:5). But when one considers many of the people that we read about in God’s word, we can see that bad situations don’t equate to being forsaken by God:
- Joseph was thrown down into an old dry pit
- Jonah found himself down in the belly of a whale
- Jeremiah was thrown down into an old muddy pit
- Daniel was cast down into a lion’s den
Various things were going on in the lives of these people, and their experiences were for various purposes, but regardless of how they may have felt about their circumstances at the time, none of them were forsaken by their God.
When the river of peace seems to have been swapped for the overwhelming floods, remember that the same God who made walls out of the Red Sea and who cleared a path through the flood stage Jordan River still stands by our side. Temporary circumstances, no matter how endless they may feel, cannot separate us from the love of God that’s found through Christ Jesus.
“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 Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39