"...but there is a God in Heaven Who reveals mysteries."
Today, I am thinking about the mysteries that God allows to come into our lives.
Those times when nothing at all around us make sense.
We've been taught all of our lives to never ask God "why",
but I beg to differ with that line of reasoning.
I think of Jesus on the cross and how He cried out,
"My God, My God, WHY hast Thou forsaken Me?"
It was the darkest hour of His life on earth, and yet,
He could not feel His Father, could not hear His voice, could not see His face.
How lonely and defeated Jesus must have felt as those words were wrenched from His anguished heart!
He had done everything His Father had asked Him to, and yet, here He was,
near the end, and no matter how hard He tried to believe,
He felt utterly and completely forsaken.
How could this be?
Had He missed something that He was supposed to have done?
Did He displease His Father somewhere down the line?
Of course not.
We know that Jesus did every, single thing He was supposed to do.
Peter tells us in I Peter 2:22, that Jesus "did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth".
In my human way of thinking,
I would imagine that on the cross should have been one of those moments in Jesus' life where God's voice spoke audibly from Heaven and proclaimed loudly to the cruel soldiers and persecutors that "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased".
Hadn't bystanders heard that Voice on two other occasions as affirmation that Jesus truly was the Son of God?
Doesn't it seem that in this crucial, agonizing moment of Jesus' life,
He needed that confirmation more than ever before?
Yet, God was completely silent.
And Jesus felt alone.
And He questioned "WHY?"
There are times in all of our lives that we feel forsaken by God.
Maybe the trial is too much, the burden is too heavy, the road is too long in front of us.
We analyze our lives and realize that we have done the very best we could do, and yet,
there are no accolades, no feelings of God's approval at all.
It seems that the heavens are completely silent to us, and God is no where to be found.
Job felt this way when he wrote these words,
"Behold, I go forward, but He is not there:
and backward, but I cannot perceive Him:
On the left hand, where He doth work, but I cannot behold Him:
He hideth Himself on the right hand, that I cannot see Him...."
But, even in those moments of feeling utterly abandoned by God, Job's faith still held, and he said,
"But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold."
When God allows mystery to veil His face, and we find ourselves in a lonely, desolate spot,
we must do as Job did and retain our faith in Him,
knowing that there is a divine reason for whatever God allows to happen in our lives.
Job did come forth as gold, and God gave Him double for all he had lost.
Jesus did come out as Victor, and He is now seated at the right hand of God.
Mysteries of God...so hard for us to figure out,
but already solved and ordained for us by our loving, caring Heavenly Father.
Trust Him, my dear friend, and never let go of your faith...
even in those dark, void-of-hope moments, when all you can utter is "why?"
It's okay to wonder...to question...to ask.
No one understands that better than He does.