Why does God sometimes seem to have forsaken us when we are tempted?

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“But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.”  “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me” (Isaiah 49:14-16).

The strongest love known to human beings is that of a mother for her child, and this love Isaiah uses to exemplify the love of God for His children. God’s children feared that God had forgotten the covenant promises made to them (v. 14). But God’s love is infinite. Throughout eternity the nail prints in the hands of Christ will be an everlasting reminder of His love for sinners “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Finite human minds can’t understand the ways of God. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He sees the beginning to the end and He does that which is eternally best for His children “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Job did not understand why God had allowed the things He did, but he knew God was loving and therefore continued to trust Him saying, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).

John declares, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God is good, just, loving, and merciful. And instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

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