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God is Not Against You.

Weekly Devotionals

God is Not Against You.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. (Psalms 22:1-2)

Have you ever felt like God was against you?

The Ever Loving Father of yours. What if you feel like he is not on your side? This silly question seems to be easy to debate. We have so much evidence in the Bible, the songs we sing, and things we hear at church. However, it seems to be a common struggle for many believers to feel like it at some points of life. If not, God wouldn’t have had to tell us that He is on our side, so many times in the Bible.

I remember first time I heard someone saying that simple truth to me and how it felt as I heard it. That God is not against me. I’ve heard phrases like God is for me, and He is on my side, but that little twist of the sentence highlighted the lie that I was feeling so deeply for so long.

Prior to that, I had experiences that made me feel confused. If God is for me, how can things be so bad? If he is for me how come is he not coming to my rescue when my soul is in such deep pain? As we read through the book of Psalms, we can see how many times different authors cried out to God and basically saying, WHY ARE YOU TAKING SO LONG?? That was certainly a question that Jesus asked to the Father when He was dying on the cross.

Eli eli lama sabachthani!

My God, my God why do you forsake me?

Now we know that Jesus was referring the opening of Psalm 22. His compassion and empathy for all humans common struggle was encapsulated in that one sentence, the agony of hell that we are cut off from even God, even though that might have not been His struggle.

When we hear bad things happening to godly, devoted people of God, this question can easily arise within ourselves. If He didn’t protect him, would he protect me when I am in trouble? This question goes to deep in our existence to test our core belief of His character and nature; if He is good and able. When we experience first hand trauma, disappointments, and uncertainty, we may ask the same questions.

At the end of Psalm 22, the author decided to rejoice in the Lord and open his eyes to see hope in God. I like verse 27.

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.”

When Jesus cited Ps 22 on the cross for all to hear, He was thinking about you and I, our dreadful doubts, and the hope of all the ends of the earth turning to Him. May this truth give you hope and comfort. Blessings.