My God, My God, WHY? (April 2022)
We celebrate Easter this month: a celebration that Jesus died on the cross, but He arose from the dead victoriously three days later. The death and resurrection of our Jesus has provided abundant life for those who have believed upon Him, receiving Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus uttered seven things from the cross and I want to focus on one in Matthew 27:46 (Amplified Bible). “My God, My God, why have you abandoned Me [leaving Me helpless, forsaking, and failing Me in My need]?” (Mark 15:34). Have you ever had similar feelings?
I have many that come to me in counseling and they have mentioned questioning God about things. They say, “I know that I shouldn’t question God, but...” Jesus questioned God, and others in the Bible have questioned Him, too. That is not the problem, but what is a problem is doubting God’s goodness and His existence. In confusing situations, pray for wisdom and expect an answer. James 5:5&6, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not (without rebuke or blame); and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering…”
I hear from a lot of people, “Why did God allow this sickness to come upon me? I guess the Lord had a purpose for me in this sickness in my body.” “Why did my husband leave me? I guess the Lord had a reason for this to happen to me.” God is not putting sickness on anybody. First Peter 2:24 says, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Why would Jesus suffer with the stripes upon His back; from the neck down to His ankles, flesh being torn off of Him, if He was going to put the same sickness on His people, too? He wouldn’t. The Bible says that “we were healed”. Sickness is certainly not healing. Does sickness come? Yes, but we are to war against it. If we believe that Jesus is doing the sickness, then why would we go to the doctors to get healed. We should let His will be done in the sickness. I believe that you would agree with me that this is ridiculous. Now, can He use the sickness. Yes, He can. Sometimes people will turn to God out of their sickness, but sickness comes from the kingdom of darkness.
…And a man leaving his wife? Marriage is supposed to be “until death do us part”. A man may leave his family for many of his selfish reasons, but that is not God’s will either. God is not causing a man to walk away from his covenant bride. This, again, comes from the kingdom of darkness. Why do God’s children blame the Lord for the bad that comes their way? We read in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Too many people are blaming God for that that “steals, kill, and destroys”. If we don’t believe that it is coming from the devil, we won’t combat his attacks. Therefore, satan hides in the guise of “you are suffering for Jesus”.
Genesis 1:28 says, “And God blessed them (Adam and Eve), and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion…” “Subdue” means to bring under control by authority. “Dominion” means to have supreme authority. (Genesis 1:26). We read in Genesis 2:15, “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” “Keep it” means to tend, guard, and to keep the garden; to protect it from intruders. God gave the authority to Adam and Even to keep the devil out. Of course, we know that they didn’t. We are to keep the devil out of our lives.
The Father offered His Son, Jesus, His spotless Lamb in death to become your sin and mine. This precious Lamb of God knew this, but He had never been without the Presence of the Father. Jesus had never had any sin in His life. What was this? He was now suffering punishment for all sin, sickness, disease, pain, abandonment, every attack of satan and his demons, depression, fear, worry, anxiety, mental anguish, death, and hell. He paid the price in full. Jesus never doubted God, but He questioned the horror of feeling alone in His agony.
We read in Hebrews 4:14-16, “ Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (confession) . For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” There is nothing that comes your way that Jesus does not feel and understand. Trust Him, but don’t put up with the demons that are robbing you of “abundant life”, in Jesus’ name.