Psalm 9:9-10 – “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Have you ever felt left behind? Have you ever felt like everyone is running off and leaving you?
I think we have all felt like this from time to time. The people around you seem to be having such a good time and everything seems to be going their way and here you are – hanging on for dear life. It may be physical, emotional or even spiritual. But at some point or another, we have all felt forsaken.
Webster’s 1828 defines forsaken just like you would think – “Deserted; left; abandoned.” Pretty much sums it up, right?
Why do we feel that way? How could we ever feel abandoned and alone when we have the King of Kings walking alongside us? Sin. Sin builds a wall between you and your Savior that can make you feel like He has left. In reality, you have laid the bricks that has caused the rift that feels impossible to cross. Sometimes it is actions that builds the wall. Sometimes it is self-pity and apathy that creates the space. Either way, we build the wall. We have a choice to feel and act as we do. And it is a struggle sometimes to turn away from self-pity and apathy. It requires admission that we were wrong.
But praise God there is a bridge to cross over the gap. Forgiveness. Forgiveness is a beauty bridge that allows us to be washed from the ugliness of brick building and creates within us a sense of joy and peace that most people don’t understand. It washes away that feeling of being forsaken and reminds us who we really are and where we belong – right beside our Heavenly Father as His children.
The wall of the forsaken may seem impenetrable and looming. But the bridge of forgiveness is wide and welcoming. It is for those who choose to turn away from the wall and walk beside the Savior. But it is a choice. It is not someplace that God forces upon us. It is not someplace we are required to go. That’s what makes it so beautiful.
If you feel forsaken today, choose to look around for the bridge. It is there waiting on you. God has built it just for you. Take the first step in walking away from feeling forsaken by seeking Him out. He’s just waiting to take you back in.