Lent Devotional: Psalm 16:10
by Jonathan Haefs
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.
Fear of abandonment.
We all feel it. I have recurring dreams that are centered around fear of abandonment. Why? I think part of the reason is because we fear that people would leave us if they only knew certain things about us. If they truly knew who we are, what we’ve done, and the things that go on in our hearts…they’d hit the road in 0.2 seconds.
The good news of the Gospel pierces to the very core of this fear. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. We will never be abandoned. This promise comes from the only one who truly knows all of who we are, all of what we’ve done, and all of what goes on in our hearts.
He will never abandon us.
That is not a problem that we will not go through difficulty, pain, and suffering. Many people equate such suffering with abandonment by God, but such is not the case. No matter what it may feel like, God walks with us through suffering…and even in death we are not abandoned.
In Psalm 16:10, King David speaks prophetically that God will not abandon those who trust in him to the grave. Rotting in the ground will not be our final resting place. David may not have known all the details, but in Acts 2 Peter picks up this very passage and proclaims it to be fulfilled in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:22-32).
Jesus went to the grave for us, conquered it, and made a path out of it! All who trust in Jesus will not be abandoned to the grave, but shall one day rise as he rose to life everlasting with him.
We are not a people who need to fear abandonment, for even in death, God has gone before, he goes with us, and he brings us through it to be with him forever knowing joy in his presence (Psalm 16:11).
Fear of abandonment? Not for those who trust in the God who will not abandon us to the grave or let us see corruption!