2 Minutes - SILENCE, STILLNESS AND CENTERING WITH GOD
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer by night, but I nd no rest.
All of us will wrestle at some time with the absence of God. The question is, can human beings hold on to God in the face of suffering? After all, suffering is the test of love. We generally associate well-being with the presence of God and assume that suffering means someone has done something wrong. (GICTYT, p.141, 146)
While God hates pain, he can also redeem it. It does not mean he is absent. We often learn things in times of fear, pain and loss, that we cannot learn any other way. When things are going well we are tempted to think we are in control. When we su er we realize clearly that we are not.
After the death of his beloved wife C. S. Lewis once said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
Think about a time when you experienced a hardship and couldn’t find God. How did God redeem that time and pain in your life?
2 Minutes - Silence and Listen to God's Response