FEAR OF GOD’S ABANDONMENT
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. Romans 5:10
Since God pulled out all the stops to make a way for us to become His children, no longer His enemies, and since that ‘way’ was the death of His Son, won’t He now fully invest Himself in us? If He sent Jesus to the cross for an enemy, how magnificently would He treat a friend? I can’t even fathom the goodness in His heart toward me.
Whenever I have had to fully invest in a relationship here, I value it all the more. Becoming a mother and pouring out my life for my children, strengthens the bond we share. With each passing year, my feelings for them only intensify. My desire to bless them grows, not diminishes. So it is with God.
May this not be just theoretical. When life gets really hard, why would I even entertain the thought that God has stepped out of my life? Could He forget me? Could He fail to provide what I need? Could He act in a way that would give me valid grounds for distrusting Him? Impossible. He already gave His Son’s life for me. He’s secured a relationship with me at great cost. He’s making a home for me in heaven so that we will have a relationship forever. It is not threatened by anything or anyone.
Paul reminds me of this later in Romans that nothing can separate me from the love of God. Famine, hardship, persecution, even death cannot divide us. If God loved me enough to send Jesus to bear the cost of my sin, won’t He do the easy stuff now that I’m His?
A well-placed confidence in His proven love erases the fear of abandonment.
Your love and Your character can never be in question after what You’ve sacrificed for me. If my heart fails to ‘feel’ the truth, it is based on a mirage, one that is enhanced by the lies of your enemy, Satan. I fight against them by speaking Your Word out loud. Bring Your Word to my mind so that my heart will not fail. Amen