Are you going through a difficult time right now? Does trusting in God seem like an impossible task?
The other day as a team we were talking about the crucifixion of Jesus. Even though Jesus was the Son of God, while He was on the cross He felt abandoned by God (and truly, because of our sin, He was). In a cry of desperation, He shouted, “My God, my God, why have You abandoned Me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Have you ever wanted to cry that out to God? Does He seem far off?
Jesus’ faith in God was solid even in His most excruciating moment of abandonment on the cross. He was obedient to the end. Despite everything, He still shouted as He breathed His last, “Father, I entrust My spirit into Your hands!” (Luke 23:46)
Jesus had to endure the pain of the cross to bring us salvation and restoration. Because of His sacrifice, we are able to come to God.
If we are to live like Christ, we must understand that difficulties and trials in this life will still come. We are not excluded from pain. We may be suffering with our health, fighting to make ends meet financially, walking through the pain of a broken marriage, experiencing the rejection of our family because of our faith, or enduring persecution for the cause of Christ. Whatever the struggle, God can use our most difficult circumstances to bring others to Him.
Because of what you suffer today, tomorrow God could use that experience to bring others to Him. Who knows how He might use your story to touch the lives of those around you!
You might feel abandoned and lost right now, but take heart! God is not far off! Jesus knew that He could trust His spirit to the hands of His Father. So can you!
2 Timothy 1:12 says, “That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the One in Whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.”
No matter what you are facing right now, you can entrust your spirit and your heart to God. His hands are strong, and they will hold you. Trust Him in the fire and allow your life to be a testimony to the faithfulness of God.
Lord, today I entrust my spirit into Your hands. They have carried me safely this far and will never let me go. Thank You for all that You will do for Your glory because of my circumstance now. I know that it is achieving an eternal reward that far outweighs the pain of the moment, and for that I praise You.