Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?
These are the words uttered by our Lord Jesus Christ as He hung on the cross, doing His “last stretch”. The words, translate “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthews 27:46)
Of-cause Christ knew that God would never forsake Him, but like most of us, pain can blur our vision and even sometimes throw us off character. The very purpose of Christ coming to the earth through a virgin birth was for Him to come and die for our sins, He was on His assignment and He knew very well that it would take all He had to complete it. That was His cup and He drank from it oh-so graciously.
For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.- Jeremiah 29:11
Jeremiah 29:11 is our truth. It is what we should hold onto dearly even as we do life, or life does us. The most beautiful liberty one can give themselves is a constant resting on the word of God. Life gets really tough and sometimes, supposedly unbearable things happen to us or our loved ones, but we need to build a culture of resting and trusting in the words of God.
Pain has a mastery of causing us to loose focus and start becoming delusional enough to think God does not have our best interest at heart. When ever I am faced with trying times, I always make sure that even as I sob and do the most water works, I am fueled with a word that can carry me through. Sometimes it is really hard to be all flowery about what you are going through, but I believe that if our spirit has been emerged enough at length in the word of God, when ever we are going through trying times,a word that you have read will come to you and become a pillar for you.
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”- Deuteronomy 31:6 (MSG)
I love this verse; God is not in the business of letting His children down. We ought endure, allow the stretch and learn from the stretching. Because from it, a strength is birthed. There is always something to learn, if not from the situation then about yourself. Its a thing of trusting God to do only what He can do…
So stay fueled up, like the wise virgins in Matthew 25; with the word of God.
I love you to eternity,