Scripture: Matthew 27:46 KJV “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, “my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
“My God, my God” was one of the last 7 words Jesus said on the cross on the ninth hour. He was on the cross for a couple of hours and maybe he said more words; but these were some of the last words remembered. In the ninth hour, about 3 p.m., Jesus cried “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani” translated “my God, my God, why have thou forsaken me?” Some other versions of the bible have “why hast thou abandoned me? Or failed me?” Some versions of the bible say that “he cried with a loud voice.”
Also, this verse is a direct quote from King David in Psalm 22:1 (the first part says “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”). These words are not abandonment but rather a cry to the father for help. Jesus was put to death by his foes, his friends/disciples (were nowhere to be found as they were in hiding) and they all deserted him. Maybe Jesus felt like the father abandoned him too. He cried out to his father in his hour of desperation, in his time of need. He did not want God at that moment, he needed God.
Sometimes we may feel abandoned by family; friends even God although we know that he is always with us. We may think if God loves me then why am I going through all of this hurt and pain? Do you have a desperate cry like Jesus?
But, we can cry out to God, our father, our help, our protector, and our provider: My God, my God. Don’t go crying to anyone else, go to God. It is a personal thing because you have to know God for yourself. Nobody else can say “My God, my God” for you.
There is a purpose for you to go through these things. Someone once wrote:
- If you never had to pray, how would you know that I am a Deliverer?
- If you never had a trial, how could you call yourself an overcomer?
- If you never felt sadness, how would you know that I am a Comforter?
- If you never were broken, then how would you know that I can make you whole?
- If you never had a problem, how would you know that I can solve them?
- If you never had any suffering, then how would you know what I went through?
- If I gave you all things, how would you appreciate them?
- If I never corrected you, how would you know that I love you?
- If you had all power, then how would you learn to depend on me?
- If your life was perfect, then what would you need me for?
God doesn’t want us to go through these painful experiences but be assured today that there is a purpose for your pain. There are a few lessons you need to learn; one of the reasons is so you would be able to help someone else along the way. Do not be afraid to cry out “my God, my God” with a loud voice or with a soft voice. I leave with you three (3) verses to encouragement your heart:
- Romans 8:28 (KJV) – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
- Matthew 28:20 (KJV) – and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV) – Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
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