When Jesus was dying on the Cross, He cried out the first words of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” People read that and think it is evidence God abandoned His Son there… just like we think He does with us when we don’t recognize His nearness. We need to realize though that Jesus was hinting at something when He quoted this passage of Scripture. He expected His hearers to know the whole Psalm…
The passage Jesus was quoting goes on to say in verse 24, “For [God] has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and He has NOT hidden His face from him — but has heard, when he cried to Him…”
God didn’t turn away from Christ in that moment. No, in fact Paul tells us “God was [present/manifest] IN Christ, reconciling the world to Himself — not counting their trespasses against them,” (2nd Corinthians 5:19).
We don’t worship a Father who leaves His children. He is with us, even in our darkest moments…. Yes, even when it is we who despise and reject Him.
Enjoy serving a loyal, ever-Present God, y’all!