Forgotten vs Forsaken

Forgotten vs. Forsaken

What is the difference you or I may ask? While there are some similarities, there is a BIG difference.

There are have been many times you and I have forgotten to do something. We forget birthdays, to return phone calls, appointments and many other important things in our lives. This happens for a variety of reasons, but it is not intentional.

To feel forsaken or to be forsaken is totally different. Forsaking someone is very intentional and premeditated forgetfulness at the highest form. David felt he had placed his trust in God and that after a life spent serving him, running for his life, hiding, fighting battles and losing family members, he found himself farther from the throne than he was promised so long ago. He felt forsake by the Lord.

Haven’t many of us felt like this. We want to say, “He has led me through all these trials to abandon me.” As the psalmist said, “My god, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus said these very words on the cross. He wanted to know why His father had forsaken him and why he was so far from him when he needed him most.

Psalm 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

   Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?

2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.

Forgotten vs. Forsaken

During the last 30 months I have often felt forgotten and forsaken. While I know what the truth is, my heart and emotions get the best of me. Often times my wife and I want to and have cried out to the Lord and said, “UNCLE”. Enough is enough. I give up. I surrender. Can I have my life back again?

I have to remember that if David and Jesus suffered and felt forsaken, will I not at times as well? Jesus felt the same emotions. Christ not only felt forsaken, He was forsaken. The Father turned His back on Jesus because He was a holy and just God who could not look upon the sin Jesus carried to the cross, your sin and mine.

The next time you or I feel forsaken, and begin to lift our voice to pray to God,we need to go to a private place and spend time reflecting on the incredible truth that the One who hears our prayers has been there too. He knows exactly how you feel. He knows what it means to be forsaken.

Here is a truth we must fully comprehend and stake our lives upon. He turned His back upon His son so that He would never have to turn His back on you. That was the excruciating price He paid because He loves you that much. He lived and died and suffered on this earth so you wouldn’t have to be forsaken.

Forgotten vs. Forsaken

What is the difference? There is a world of difference. And I have to remind myself often of this truth. I FEEL forsaken, but I know my God has not forsaken me. I also know He is in control. I don’t understand why he would allow my and my family to be hurt at the deepest and cruelest level, but He has. I will never understand it, but I am learning that is ok.

There will be times when I feel forsaken. Emotions will bring us to that point, and we should feel free to express our honest, naked feelings to God when that happens. I know I have on a number of occasions.