Sunday, April 05, 2009

Abandoned by God

You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.
O Lord, why dost Thou cast off my soul?
Why dost Thou hide Thy face from me?
I have suffered Thy terrors and I am in despair.
Psalm 88 of Matins

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Andrea Elizabeth said...

"If love were not present, absence would be painless."

Though I believe God is "everywhere present and fills all things", His presence must be diluted somewhat in this world of sin and death. This past Sunday as I was at the Chalice I longed to be able to stay right there, but as you know we immediately must turn around and leave heaven behind. He gives us glimpses, but we must wait, which is not "fun".

Steve Robinson said...

Elizabeth, That is the mystery of abandonment: How can God who is everywhere present be absent? All of the Fathers and mystics say He is still present but what is removed is our "feeling" of His presence, which is a gift. If He has removed the sense of His presence that indeed means He is still active in our spiritual life, but as the Psalmist says, He is dwelling unseen in the dark cloud, or He has put us in darkness (in which He dwells). The fall indeed has put a barrier between God and us and we are spiritually blinded and prey to passions that mimic "spiritual experiences" when in fact they are merely ego and delusions. So indeed He gives us glimpses as we need them for our healing.

Andrea Elizabeth said...

Nicely said.

Hebrews 11:1 comes to mind, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (NKJ)

The NASB says "assurance of things hoped for."