You may be able to look back on people who used to love you but don’t today. It could simply be that they have died and as your life has moved on you no longer feel their loving words or embrace. It could be that that they are alive but they chose not to walk with you anymore. They turned their back on you. You remember their loving words but now they are saying them to another. Separation from love is a grief sometimes too difficult to bear. It can be all-consuming.
But there is one worse than all that.
Feeling forsaken by God is a definite attack by the enemy of your soul to take the situations that you are in and make you feel so isolated and lonely that despair sets in.
Truth sets you free from this attack.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” (Romans 8 v 35-36)
They certainly do make us feel we have been separated from Christ’s love.
Outward suffering and sicknesses of the body can make us feel physically drained. The inner distress that no one sees except the smile that hides the hurt buried within. When people misunderstand you or judge you as lesser than they are; which leads to them purposely abusing you in many different ways simply because you believe what they don’t. Financial collapse falls on you and you don’t know if you will have enough food for the table or to clothe the children. Waking up in the middle of war or facing your own certain execution as your other martyred friends. Across the world people are waking to face these 7 situations in some form or another.
The Apostle quotes Psalm 44 showing that there is nothing strange or unexpected about present day suffering for God’s people. Nor is it an indicator that He has stopped loving or walked away from us.
Not one condition can ever separate the love of Christ from His child.
Yes our love may be challenged during those times of stress.
But Christ’s love is constant, it never fails.
That’s the truth. Holding onto that truth will protect you in your bad day.