“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'” Matthew 27:46, NKJV.
“And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him…” Matthew 28:7, NKJV.
I wonder how the people felt looking at their beat-up King on the cross. He didn’t look like the same powerful Man they walked with. He didn’t do anything while marred on the cross. I’m sure they wondered what do we do now because it looks like it’s over. Even Jesus Himself felt forsaken by the Father. It all just didn’t appear to be a victorious time at that moment.
It can be the same for us in our own lives, and sometimes, faith isn’t pretty. You were believing God for something, but He didn’t do what you thought. You prayed and asked God to keep that job, but they still let you go. You asked God to restore that relationship, but you both ended up parting ways. It can become hard to believe in times like these.
But remember this. Jesus died and it was a rough time…but He rose. He said He would allow something to die in your life, and it may be a rough time, but He will bring you through it and bless your life even greater. It can feel like the Lord has no plan for you, but He had a plan all along, and what appeared to be your end will become your victory. This is the hope that we lift up high in Christ. Keep your faith in Him.
Prayer: Father, You know what my faith needs. It’s been rough, but You are faithful. It hasn’t been pretty, but I’m still here. Help me to continue to walk by faith, even when I don’t understand. I know You are good, and I choose to trust You. I choose to keep living for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Study: Luke 22:31-32 & 23:39-43, Romans 8:28, 1 John 5:4