My devotion for today is based on Psalm 22:2, “O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.”
Godless people are not saying these words. They come from people who believe in God, desire to walk with God, and need God’s help. God is silent and they don’t understand why he is. It is not easy to live in this world where many unexplainable events happen, events that his hard. In those times, we need to understand that we can feel as the writer of this psalm did abandoned by God. We, too cry out to God, ‘Where are you, God? I need you to help me now.’ But he is silent, is at least he seems to be.
The answer to our questions about God’s silence is found in Jesus, for he is the answer to our cries to God. He lived the life we are living. He knows pain and sorrow. He felt death. He rose from the dead. Since we are untied to him in our baptism, we can be assured that God is with us, even when he does not seem to be here.
So, while we cannot escape the ills of this world, for we are sinful people living in a sinful world where bad stuff happens. In spite of this, we can say with the apostle, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loves us.”
Please pray with me; Lord, you know how I am afraid of suffering. You know how much I want to escape the ills of this life. You know that I want to live in peace, even though my actions too many times cause discord. Please forgive me and help me do better, especially in times of doubt. In Jesus’ blessed name, I pray. Amen.