“He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me”?
To forsake is to leave without help or protection, to abandon. The Lord promises to never do that to His own. We are safe and secure with Him. Men may fail, and indeed do, in spite of promises and vows, but the Lord, who knows us better than anyone else does, is still a true, faithful Friend, Master, Helper and Guide.
This is reason enough to rejoice every morning! And yet, how we are touched when we remember that He, God’s perfect, holy, sinless Son, was forsaken while He “bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). Yes, He was forsaken of God during those hours of darkness while He “made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Lord Jesus was forsaken that we might never be forsaken. What love!