God will never forsake you

For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5

You remember when Jesus while hanging on the cross cried out, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-46). For the first time, Jesus addressed His Father as “God.” The Father had forsaken the Son. As Judge of the universe, God had to turn His back on His Son, who was carrying the sins of the world. The Father simply couldn’t look on the evil (Habakkuk 1:13).

If the Father had not turned His back on His Son, He would have to turn His back on you today when you call out to Him in your hour of need. But because Jesus has taken your place, today, you can take His place, and you have God’s face smiling on you always.
At this very moment, God’s face is smiling on you. His countenance is shining on you. I can stand before you and declare, “The Lord make His face shine upon you” (Numbers 6:25-26). And it is all because Jesus has paid the price for God to never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

As Judge, God turned His back on His Son. But as Father, He cried. His heart was broken because Christ was never more pleasing to Him than when He was on the cross. Christ’s suffering was a sweet-smelling aroma to the Father (Ephesians 5:2).
Do you remember what Jesus said? “Therefore, My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again” (John 10:17). If you are a parent, you love each one of your children equally. But when one of them does something special for you out of love, it touches your heart, and you just want to hug them.

That was what happened at the cross, except that the Father could not embrace His Son. Instead, He had to turn His back on His Son because our sins had to be punished in His Son’s body.

But, today, when you cry out to the Father for help, you can have total assurance that He hears you and will surely help you. Because of Jesus, He will never turn His back on you. He will always be there to love and uphold you in all the ways you need Him to.  This is a wonderful truth to behold.

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