My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. (Psalm 22:1-2)
What’s been the darkest moment in your life? Maybe it was the loss of someone you loved. Maybe it was a financial nightmare. Perhaps someone made a terrible choice that lead to significant life long consequences. Whatever that painful moment might have been, or however many times it’s happened, you are never alone in that darkness.
Today’s verses of the day may ring a bell and it’s because you’ve heard it before! When Jesus was just breaths away from death, he echoed this very Psalm. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” This was Jesus’ darkest moment; near death, his flesh torn apart, his body fatigued and fighting with every beat of his heart, and for the first time he felt the agonizing separation from God. At that pinnacle moment, all of the weight of sin and it’s torment was placed on Jesus as he became the final sacrifice for man’s redemption. Nature also felt the effects and responded. The skies grew dark and the earth shook, waking the dead. All of the universe had collided at a defining moment, but joy beyond belief was right around the corner.
No matter where you are, whether just passing through the edge of darkness, in the midst of it, or it’s gloom is rapidly approaching, remember that God has never truly abandoned you. You may find yourself crying out in desperation with no response, but that does not mean God has disappeared. You may feel as if you’re all alone, but that does not point to a God who has dispersed. The light is in this: God’s promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles (Psalm 119:50). The night is always darkest just before the dawn. God has never abandoned those who love and obey him. His promises are our light and joy - memorize and cherish them.