My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest
How many of us are feeling a bit like the psalmist right now? Be honest, how many of us are wondering where God is in all this, whilst we are in this predicament. But I have been asking myself, is God becoming more distant from us or are we distancing ourselves from God. When Jesus walked the earth, God as man, His friends could speak to Him face to face, eat and drink with Him, even embrace Him if they wanted, when they need to feel His presence there to support them. Christ was fully human during His time on earth and suffered human emotions. He too felt abandoned by God, which is why he recited the words from Psalm 22 whilst on the cross. He felt fear and desolation, but towards the end of Psalm 22 in verse 24 the psalmist tells us how God
[For] he has not despised or scorned
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
God listened to Jesus on the cross and listens still, when we cry out in despair.
Although we can’t embrace the Lord, there are times I’m sure when we have all felt His loving arms around us. We can speak to the Lord, He is always there to listen.
Like Jesus rose again, we will come out of the other side of this time of darkness reborn and eat again at His table.