Can you remember a time in your life when you thought, “God has abandoned me! I can’t find Him anywhere!
When I pray, my words bounce back from the sky and when I cry God won’t wipe away the tears. What did I do to deserve this?”
Often in our journey to become disciples of Christ we resent the discipline that comes with our calling. We want the journey to be sunshine and flowers and not showers and lightening. Yet in the midst of those times of drought we do indeed wonder. No doubt that’s why the Psalmist gave us some choice words of comfort: “The Lord will not abandon or reject His people, He will never forsake His inheritance.”
The Bible tells us of two men who “went out from the presence of the Lord.” One was Cain and the other Jonah. When Cain went out, the Lord left Him alone. He chose not to go after him and bring him back into His presence. But when Jonah went out, the Lord did not choose to leave him alone. Why the difference? Cain was not one of the Lord’s – but Jonah was.
Jonah was disobedient to the calling of God but was willing to accept God’s discipline. He had a terrible time surrendering to God but God never left him because he did want God’s will for his life. God stayed with him and disciplined him because he accepted God’s plan for his life. Cain was different. He refused to honor God and do what was right. And God rejected him because he would not give God his best.
By Michael A. Guido, D.D