A crunching tackle of a word.
Couldn’t you use something a bit more nuanced? Leave us with a bit more wiggle room?
Yet the prophets repeatedly reach for it as they try to give language to the truth of what’s happened to us.
We’ve forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water, and tried digging our own cisterns (which don’t really work). (Jeremiah 2:13)
Because of our forsaking of Him, He, in turn, has forsaken us (almost). (2 Chron 24:20)
In the most incredible act of mercy and love, His Son, dangling bloody and naked on a tree, takes on our forsakenness. He screams, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
This opens up the way for us to forsake our broken cisterns, and return with whole hearts to the Lord.
And forever we will be known as,
a city not forsaken.
Today, disciple, you are not forsaken.