What to Remember When God is Silent – Beloved Women – December 21, 2018
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" (which means "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?") - Matthew 27: 46 NIV
Jesus cried out to God the Father at the epicenter of His work on earth. He had suffered immensely. He was hungry, humiliated, stripped, mocked, beaten, flogged, pierced, betrayed and dying a very public and gory death on a cross.
One of these scenarios alone was enough to send the least attentive parent running to the aid of their child. But Christ’s communication with his heavenly Father was met with silence.
In the midst of Jesus’ most unbearable moments the unthinkable happened, His heavenly Father was silent. Why? God could not answer Christ’s question because of the sin Christ bore as He hung on that cross. Our sin, that Christ bore, created a barrier between Him and God the Father. This was God’s redemptive plan from the beginning.
Christ demonstrated how to handle silence for all of us. He did not panic or abort his earthly mission. He resolved to finish the work of His heavenly father for my sake and yours too. When God is seemingly silent in our lives, we can rest on the truth of His word.
God loves us. He is sovereign and has a plan. Although bad things happen, God is good and His nature never changes. God may seem silent, but he speaks.
Dear God, Thank you, God that you speak to us through your word. In times where you seem silent help rest on the truth of your word. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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Originally published Friday, 21 December 2018.