I remember my first job that I had growing up delivering the local newspaper. At first I used to help my parents deliver the paper, but when I had become a little bit older, I convinced my dad to let me deliver the paper all by myself. I didn’t know it at the time, but my dad would follow me at a safe distance in his car to make sure that I was alright. I thought I was alone, but my dad was watching over me. Even though I couldn’t see him, he was right there and could see me all the time.
Similarly to my dad Jesus tells His brothers to go to Judea without Him, but after they are gone to Judea, He secretly goes there without their knowing. (See John 7:1-10) The people that were there were looking for Jesus but could not find Him, so they asked “Where is He?” (See John 7:11) Jesus was right there, but they didn’t know. Just because they couldn’t see Him, they believed He wasn’t there.
There are times in life where just because you don’t see, recognize, or feel God it doesn’t mean that He is not there. When you are traveling down the path of life and can only see one set of footprints in times where you needed God the most, it doesn’t mean that you were alone. The truth is that during those times, God was carrying you through it. The same God that was with you on the mountain is the same God that will be with you in the valley. The writer of Hebrews says that God will never leave you or forsake you. (See Hebrews 13:5) Jesus, Himself, even said that He will be with you always. (See Matthew 28:20) The only thing that Jesus has ever abandoned was the grave. God turned His back on His Son in order that He would never have to turn His back on you. Jesus allowed Himself to be forsaken so that you would never be forsaken.
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- Do you think that God has abandoned or forsaken you because of certain situations or circumstances in your life?
- Ask God to open your eyes so that you can see Him in every area of your life.