“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” MATTHEW 27:46
These words, perhaps, will pass for some of the hardest words that ever proceeded from the mouth of Jesus. At a time when the authorities and the people turned against Him, there seemed to be absolute silence from the Father as well. All along, the Father’s presence provided the strength and the succour for Jesus. However, the moment on the Cross seemed to be a different thing altogether. On the surface, the silence on the part of heaven was like rejection. However, when we probe the chapter where those words of Jesus originated we discovered that it was no rejection at all. Our text can be found in Psalm Psalm 22:1. That question found an answer some verses down. “Save Me from the lion’s mouth And from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me” (Psalm 22:21).
The critical lesson today is that when God is silent, it does not automatically translate to rejection. His silence could be a tactical step needed for our victory. It could be a ploy to make the devil commit himself. At some other time, silence may be His way of making us flex our spiritual muscles and learn to depend on Him more. What an assurance of hope that even when God is not speaking He is at least watching. If we don’t lose faith, the next scene or chapter of our lives will clearly bring to the open the salvation of God.
FURTHER STUDY: ISAIAH 43:1-7
PRAYER: Father, show me Your truth and salvation.
Bible Reading Plan: Nehemiah 12-13 Acts 4:23-37