Daily Devotional – 3/27/18 “Make it personal!”

I don’t proclaim to be a bible scholar. I don’t know every scripture. In fact, I don’t even know where every book of the bible is located. I used to be able to name them all in order but child, time has changed some things. Anyway, my purpose in saying this is, in reading and studying the bible, God has given us answers to everything we can possibly think of. He tells us how to overcome evil, how to pray, how to seek Him, what to ask for, His promises, His commandments and etc. However, the one thing the bible doesn’t show us is how to deal when God is the one who is against us. In Matthew 27:46, while Jesus still hung on the cross, after He’d been nailed and pierced and while He suffered; He cries out from His flesh in Hebrew, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” Which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Now, what is interesting and important here is, Jesus said this in Hebrew. Why is this interesting and important? Because most of those standing below Him, didn’t understand what He said. I know this because bible shares in Matthew 27:47, “When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

Jesus was having a human moment, where He probably felt disconnected from His father. We’ve all had those but this is not what I need you to focus on. I need you to see that Jesus cried out to His Father in a language His Father understood but the people didn’t. They didn’t need to know that Jesus felt forsaken and alone by the one He’s been telling them about all this time. Jesus didn’t need to broadcast to the crowd, His pain of feeling like His Father had abandoned Him. Because no matter how Jesus felt, this was an intimate moment between He and His father. And sometimes beloved, you’ll feel just like Jesus; forsaken, suffering and alone. There might be a time you feel like God is intentionally ignoring you, a time you feel like He’s deserted you and you want to cry out. That’s fine but sometimes, the moment you need to have is not for people but for purpose. Sometimes, your cry needs to be personal between you and your Father because the fact of the matter is, some of those standing around are happy about your suffering and aren’t listening anyway. Those who heard Jesus, only caught the first word of what He said and assumed He was calling on Elijah. Imagine what those around you hear.

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