When God Seems Gone - Weekly Life Lifter

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A Canaanite woman who lived in that region came to him. “Son of David!” she cried out. “Have mercy on me, sir! My daughter has a demon and is in a terrible condition.”  
But Jesus did not say a word to her. 
(Matthew 14:22-23)

Is this how you feel right now?

Are you crying out to God, only to feel lost in the silence surrounding your own echoes? Is your voice the only voice that you can hear? Perhaps you need only to listen better, or perhaps just never quit crying out.

And always remember, even Jesus felt as you do.

At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours. At about three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?” (Matthew 27:45-46)

Jesus could have given up then. He could have turned away from God, just as he felt God had turned away from him. But he knew what he had to do. He knew he had to stay the path and fulfill his purpose.
Just as Jesus did, so should we also stay our paths. Don’t give up on God. He will never give up on you, even if at times you don’t know where he is. God gave us the Holy Spirit, and promised to always be with us. Even if you don’t know if you can hear him, stay strong and know that he will be near to you always.

May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)


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