Psalm 88: 18
“Loved one and friend You have put far from me,
And my acquaintances into darkness.” (NKJV)
The Message puts it this way – “You made lover and neighbor alike dump me; the only friend I have left is Darkness.” (MSG)
I like reading the psalms. They always have a happy or joyful tone to them. They leave you happy and content. When God showed me Psalm 88 today, I was surprised. I asked Him, “Lord, You really don’t want me to write something from this. I mean, what could we say?”
Then God reminded me of a day when God’s own Son was left alone, even by His own Father. “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”” (Matthew 27: 46). Imagine the hands that put the world into motion is stretched across the sky on the cross at the mercy of the very people He created. The head that smiled in compassion on the multitude was dressed in a crown of thorns, blood dripping down. The feet that walked the streets, that stood still to heal the blind, lame and raise the dead was now nailed to a wooden cross.
It was a day when God felt abandoned. Abandoned by His own people. By His own Father. He had no where to turn to. He was alone.
If you think that you are alone. If you think there is no one to support you in this world. If all your friends, relatives, maybe even your loved one has turned their back on you, remember God knows how it feels. Jesus knows. He suffered the most loneliest moments on the cross.
But He did it for a purpose. So you never have to be alone. “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). The beauty of Jesus and the Bible is that it is very practical. He does not say it is going to be all hunky-dory but He says, “I know how it feels and we will wait it out together!”
Pray in your own words: If you feel lonely today, ask Him to spend some time with you. Tell Him how you feel. (Read the Bible).
Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 10-12 (Old Testament), Matthew 4 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)
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