We have all witnessed, or worse, experienced occasions when God seems to be preoccupied. Too many faithful, responsible partners are left alone to raise the kids and pay the bills while their unfaithful spouses enjoy new homes, flashy cars, and exotic vacations with a hot new partner. God appears to be on vacation.
Since God is good, just, and sovereign, then how can this happen?
The Bible demonstrates that appearances can be deceiving. Take the trial of Jesus as an example.
Imagine standing in the shadows at Jesus’ mock trial and listening to the false witnesses lie about Him. Soldiers insult and spit on Him. You smell the soldier’s sweat and watch one punch Him. The crowd’s frenzied cries, “Crucify Him,” cause your heart to race.
What would happen to your faith when they pounded the nails into His hands and feet?
Observers’ comments might mirror your own thoughts, “If He’d only come down from the cross.” “He saved others; can He save Himself?”
Then Jesus Himself cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:50).
Has God forsaken His own son? Jesus’ words seem to indicate total defeat.
It looks like God lost control and the bad guys won. After all, if God couldn’t or wouldn’t save His son, how can we trust Him to take care of our needs?
Some appearances say it’s foolish to trust God. Those who do will end up disappointed.
But if we draw that conclusion, we will be dead wrong.
The very next verse says, “The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Matt. 27:51 NIV).
The temple curtain separated the holy place from the Holy of Holies. Only the high priest could enter this sacred area, and he entered only once a year. Sinful people could not stand in God’s presence and live.
What appeared to be God’s abandoning Jesus was God in Christ “reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them” (2 Cor. 5:19 NLT). God the Father ripped the curtain in two so we could enter His presence.
Jesus’ body was broken to pay the penalty for our sin. His death opened the door to eternal life for us.
What looked like the worst moment in history was in fact the highest, holiest, and best.
- Jesus became sin for us so we could become righteous in Him.
- He died so we might live.
- He was abandoned so we could be accepted.
God was not preoccupied; He was working out His perfect plan to secure our future.
In life there are times when it looks foolish to trust God. The faithless will jeer “Where is your God now?” We may wonder, too. But the story is not over. The cross reminds us, things aren’t as they seem.What looked like the worst moment in history was in fact the highest, holiest, and best. #hope, #devotional, #Jesus Click To Tweet