Why have you forsaken me?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from the words of my groaning?
(Psalms 22:1 (NIV))

Have you ever felt like these could be your words? Have you ever found yourself uttering these words or words very similar? If you are human, you have probably felt like this at some point in your life.

Let’s face the truth. We have all had circumstances where our faith has been tested to the point that we begin to wonder if God has given up on us. I want you to stop and think about the words from Psalm 22:1. This is not the only place that they show up. We hear them again when Jesus is on the cross. Jesus speaks these very words during his crucifixion.

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
(Matthew 27:46 (NIV))

With the celebration of the resurrection coming up next Sunday, we must not forget the crucifixion. Jesus suffered like we suffer, and then more. The Psalmist penned the words that we all feel at times. Jesus spoke these words during His crucifixion. Whether he said them as a message to those who witnessed the event or whether they were uttered to give meaning and point us to the words of the Psalmist, we must not forget that He did speak them. He spoke them to give us hope. He spoke them to let us know that God has a plan. He spoke them to show us that plan was in place hundreds of years before He actually came to this earth. He spoke them to give us insight into the fact that even when things appear to be dark and foreboding, God has not forsaken us. We simply have to be still and wait upon the Lord. We must not forget that Jesus had to go through the darkness before He faced the resurrection. Why should we be any different? God uses adversity to strengthen us and to use us for things far greater than we could imagine. We just have to have faith and stay focused.

Do you feel that God has forsaken you? Pray. Stay faithful and stay focused. I am certain that God has something amazing in store for you on the other side of your situation.

Celebrate the resurrection!

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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