Maybe God isn’t who you think He is. He’s much better. This series will help you identify some Christian clichés we’ve all heard somewhere before but they are actually un-biblical lies. These clichés although innocent, are harmful to our faith and they keep far too many believers stuck in spiritual immaturity. Let’s replace these clichés with truths about God from the Bible, that will bring encouragement and freedom to our lives.
First posts in this series:
Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: 2 “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’ 3 The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the Lord said. 4 And the Lord will do to them what he did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites, whom he destroyed along with their land. 5 The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:1-6
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.[a] 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[b] Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:4-7
God has forsaken me
God has forsaken me. God doesn’t care about me. Sadly, I’ve felt this way many times in my life and I’ve heard many people who have been hurt share one or both of the statements with tears streaming down their faces. Have you ever felt this way?
What makes these two statements about God totally impossible? God is omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time) and omniscient (all knowing).
God is everywhere at the same time, so He doesn’t need anyone to take Him anywhere. He never has to pack a suitcase, or buy a plane ticket to be with you, He is always there with you. In your home. At your job. When you sleep. There is never a reason to run from Him, hide from Him, or try to escape Him (nor could you run, hide or escape Him no matter how hard you tried). Pick your favorite hiding spot. He found it first. If you try to escape Him, He is where you were, and He is where you’re going. He is running with you as you’re going. He can’t forget you because He is right beside you.
God is all-knowing. There is nothing that anyone can teach Him. He never has to learn anything. There is never a moment when He has to guess, has to be told something, or has to be reminded. Did you catch that? He doesn’t have to be reminded, because He never forgets. One more time: He never forgets. He remembers everything. He knows where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. Your feelings and emotions may cause you to believe that He has forsaken you, or doesn’t care about you. However, be reminded of these attributes and never forget that He never forgets.
Hold tight to these truths. Pull them close to your heart. God has not forsaken you. He remembers you. He is with you. Because you are a Christian, He is inside you. Wherever you are, there He is. And you can have peace knowing He is not going to leave you.
Think about a time when you felt like God had forsaken you. What was going on in your life then?
Read Galatians 4:4–7. What words or phrases stand out to you when you read these verses? How does it make you feel to know that God chose to adopt you as His child?
Remember our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He too felt the same way when He was hanging on the cross. At the moment that He carried all our past, present and future sins on Himself and redeemed us, He cried out to God “And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ). Mark 15:34.
Jesus was sent to live among us, full God and full man, to teach us, lead us, serve us, and ultimately die for us. He felt every single human emotion we feel today and so God can sympathise with us and change our hearts.
17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17
We are children of God, and through the spirit, that makes us heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. Watch the study below on Romans 8.
- God has not forsaken you. He remembers you. He is with you.
- A harder pill of truth for us to swallow – Man has forsaken God (let that sink in)