Trusting in the Father’s nearness

The Father is with you always. Do you believe that? Really? If so, then why do you sometimes feel lonely? Or worried? Or abandoned?

Jesus asks (John 16:29-33): “Do you really believe?” We say we do, but our actions reveal the truth. Sometimes we act as if God has abandoned us. We take matters into our own hands as if God doesn’t care or doesn’t have the power or desire to help.

Jesus knew that his closest friends would abandon him at the worst time of his life, when he’d feel most vulnerable. Yet, he gained strength from knowing that his Father would be there. Even when he cried out from the cross, “Father! Why have you abandoned me!” he knew in his wounded heart that the Father only felt distant because he was far from the sins that Jesus now bore, but the Father was still united to the Son in divine love.

Surely the Father could have helped Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane by speaking to the disciples in their prayer time, telling them to support Jesus in his time of need. Maybe he did and their fears and shock or tiredness drowned out the message.

We all have friends and family who should have helped us during a difficult situation but didn’t. How does that make us feel? That’s the way Jesus felt, too, except — Jesus trusted in his Father’s nearness.Read More »