Read: John 16:5-16
Have you ever felt abandoned?
I don’t know about you but I’ve had to battle feelings of abandonment in my life. There’s been more than a few times where I’ve felt that I was cast aside and forgotten. The greatest pain caused by abandonment happens when someone you admire, care for, or even love leaves you. Some of us may even have had a parent who has walked out on us, maybe others had someone they trusted not come through when they needed them the most. The crazy thing is sometimes we project all of our hurt and distrust onto our relationship with God. Sometimes we may think, if our own parents or loved ones can abandon us, Jesus may have done the same thing. Life isn’t always easy and at times it can seem hard and unfair and we can feel like we’re on our own. The feeling of abandonment is horribly painful, and causes a great deal of confusion. We’ve all experienced and witnessed great tragedy, sickness, and deaths of loved ones which can cause any one of us to doubt God’s love for us. We all have had different experiences which could lead us to feeling abandoned by God.
It’s Thursday April 2nd, 33 AD, and I can’t help but think that this may have been the way the early disciples of Christ must’ve felt in John 16:5-15 when they received the news from Jesus that He was going away. The disciples had put all of their faith hope and trust in Jesus. They witnessed Jesus heal the lame, give sight to the blind, heal the sick, break the chains of bondage, comfort the grieving, and raise the dead, but now here He is saying He’s leaving them. I can only imagine the Instant grief and fear that must’ve settled in. The insecurity of the present, and the uncertainty of the future would have been overwhelming. I’m sure in that moment the disciples felt Jesus was abandoning them. But God is not like man, He never abandons His children. In John 16:7 Jesus announces the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus says
“ nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”John 16:7
Jesus then goes on to explain that when He goes away he isn’t abandoning them, He explained that it was to our benefit that He was leaving, He was going to prepare a place for us in heaven and is coming back for the Church. In essence Jesus was saying that it was better for the Holy Spirit to come and live IN us then for Jesus to stand BESIDE us. How different would our lives look if we truly believed that God isn’t just with us, but lives in us?
Further Reading: John 16:5-15 / Coming of the Holy Spirit; John 14:1-6 / The Way, the Truth, and the Life; Romans 8:9 / The Holy Spirit lives in Believers
Prayer: Father God thank you for your goodness, and your faithfulness. Thank you for always being true to your word and never abandoning me. Thank you for the finished work of the cross, and for coming into my heart and guiding me. Lord help me live a transformed life. In the name of Jesus I pray.