DayBreaks for 04/07/11 – God of the Abandonment, Part 1
From the DayBreaks archive, dated 4/05/2001:
Sadly, it isn’t uncommon at all to hear about children who have been abandoned. Babies are left at the door of hospitals or adoption agencies. Children are abandoned by a father or a mother. A wife is abandoned by the husband that promised to stay until “death do us part”. It happens far too often. And it doesn’t only happen to unbelievers. It doesn’t only happen to Christians. It even happened to Christ: (Mark 15:34) “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”-which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
The idea of being abandoned by those we trusted is disturbing. How are we to cope with it? Let’s look at the crucifixion to learn how to deal with abandonment, for if anyone ever truly was abandoned, if anyone ever felt the utter depth of abandonment, it was Christ. Can there be a cry of abandonment more haunting than that of Jesus on the cross? Consider that Jesus and God had been together “in the beginning” (John 1:1-2). There had never been a moment in time (or outside of time) where they had not been together. Never had they failed each other. Never had they been separated or apart – not even when Jesus came to earth as a human baby.
During his days on earth, Jesus understood abandonment. The crowds turned from him after he’d fed them and challenged them with the statement that they would have to eat his flesh and drink his blood. In a spirit of sadness, he was moved to ask his disciples if they, too, would leave and abandon him. How did he deal with it? Matthew and Mark tell us that after Jesus’ cry of abandonment, that he cried out one more time. Luke tells us what those words were: Luke 23:46 – “Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.”
Do you see what Jesus did when he felt abandoned by God? He, in turn, abandoned himself to God. “Into your hands, I commit my spirit…”. He didn’t give up on God. He didn’t search for some other solution or a substitute, but he trusted Him who He had always trusted before.
What should we do when we feel abandoned? The same thing that Jesus did. It doesn’t matter who or what has abandoned you – your response should be the same. Don’t become angry and bitter. Abandon yourself totally to God!
PRAYER: Lord, how comforting it is to know that you understand how it feels to be alone and abandoned. Remind us often that you will never leave us or abandon us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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