Daily Reflections

Not Forgotten

July 9, 2022 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

I will say to God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me?” —Psalm 42:9

During the storm the psalmist experienced in Psalms 42–43, he felt like God had forgotten him. I would imagine there have been moments when you felt that way too—like God was nowhere to be found. Your emotions were screaming out, “God is not here. He’s forgotten me.”

Wasn’t that the supreme anguish Jesus went through on the cross? He entered our despair and our storm. He took upon Himself all the wrath of God against our sin and came to the point where He felt abandoned. In fact, God the Father did have to turn His back on His Son.

Jesus was forsaken by God because of our sin (2 Cor. 5:21). But if we’ve trusted Him as our substitute, we’ll never truly be forsaken. We may feel that way, but we never will be forsaken because He was forsaken for us.

He has said, “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’”—never, ever forsaken (Heb. 13:5–6 ESV).

Make it Personal

How does knowing that Jesus was forsaken for us help you in those times when you feel as if God has forgotten you?