Lent: A Time for Reflection
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
At three o’clock on Good Friday, Jesus cried out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” According to the gospel of Mark, darkness had descended over the whole land beginning at noon until three in the afternoon when Jesus’ words rang out.
In Day 36 of Adam Hamilton’s book, 40 Days of Reflection, the author reminds us that “it was during the period of darkness, as Jesus’ suffering on the cross drew to an end, that Matthew and Mark tell us Jesus offered what is often called the ‘cry of dereliction.’ Jesus spoke the words of Psalm 22:1: ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?’ That Jesus would quote these words points to the fact that he was meditating upon the psalms as he suffered on the cross.”
Psalm 22 is known as a “lament” or “complaint” psalm. It is one of many by the psalmists expressing their feelings of disappointment or of being abandoned by God. What does this mean for us today? Hamilton says, “The very fact these psalms exist makes clear that even the most faithful people have moments when they feel forsaken by God.”
Have you ever felt forsaken by God? Have you had a life experience that made you call into question God’s goodness or even the existence of God?
Doesn’t it help to know that Jesus—the one you pray to in times of difficulty—once cried out in disappointment Himself, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”
Hamilton adds, “Psalm 22 and Jesus’ prayer from the cross were actually words of faith. In the face of despair, both the psalmist and Jesus appealed to God. When one is surrounded by suffering and pain, even a cry of disappointment to God is an act of faith.”
When you find yourself in moments of despair, remember to place your life in God’s hands.
Read the following scripture today as you continue on this 40-day lent journey: Mark 15:33-34.