“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?” (Psalm 22:1 NIV)
How often, in some form or another, do we, like Jesus–use these words?
It’s okay for us to be mad or upset with God. But we can’t be overcome with our anger. We have to be willing to go to God, even while we are mad at Him, and literally ask Him to help us to forgive Him. Because He’s the one who can heal our hearts; even when they are hard against Him.
We have to spend some serious time with God, including both some confession time and worship. Because there might be things that you didn’t even realize you did in your anger against Him that will get in the way of your relationship with Him. It’s incredibly easy to fall into a place of deep anger with God without even realizing it.
I’ve found myself completely overwhelmed lately, with schoolwork, with planning other things, with just flat out busyness. So I have to spend some time right now, even in my craziness and look back a year or so to where I was so mad at God that I honestly didn’t even want to pray. Because no matter how overwhelmed I am right now, I’m not in a place where my only thought is:
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1 NIV)
The beautiful thing is, when Jesus said these words on the cross (Matthew 27:46), He knew that God could have saved His life yet God chose not to because Jesus, the sinless Son of God, came to earth to die for the sins of man.
God never abandoned me, He had already sent His son to die in my place before I was born. Any thought that He did just made me angry without even realizing i was angry. That brings me back to this week’s verse of the week:
“A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.” 2 Peter 2:19 NIV