Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani?
Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 7-9, Mark 15
Topic: Trust in God
SCRIPTURE: Mark 15:33-34
33 At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:33-34 NIV)
Jesus fully trusted and was completely obedient to His Father, even to His darkest hour when it seemed He was forsaken.
There are times, even in a Christian’s life, when our God seems to be cut off; when it may seem He has forsaken us. If Jesus went through this, what makes me think I won’t. The encouraging thing for me, however, is that since Jesus experienced this, I know I can stand firm in my trust and obedience to God NO MATTER WHAT. He is my strength even when I can’t perceive it.
In C.S. Lewis’ classic book The Screwtape Letters the Senior Demon, Screwtape writes to his up-and-coming nephew, a Junior Tempter named Wormwood about how this very resolve in humans thwarts their intentions for evil:
“Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s (God’s) will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him (God) seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
My God, may my trust in You never waver. May I be obedient to You even when I do not understand; even unto death. Through Christ. Amen. -AP