July 10, 2022
Even if the worst happens, can you trust God?
Psalms 22:1-2 NIV
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest."
Mark 15:34 NIV
"And at three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' (which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?')."
Psalms 22:6-8 NIV
"But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 'He trusts in the Lord,' they say, 'let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.'"
Matthew 27:39-44 NIV
"Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, 'You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!' In the same way, the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders mocked him. 'He saved others,' they said, 'but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' In the same way, the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him."
Psalms 22:15 NIV
"My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death."
John 19:28-30 NIV
"Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
Psalms 22:16 NIV
"Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet."
Psalms 22:17-18 NIV
"All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment."
Matthew 27:35 NIV
"When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots."
Psalms 22:19-21 NIV
"But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen."
It’s OK to be hurt, feel afraid, or even be mad at God – as long as you still cry out to Him.
Psalms 22:11 NIV
"Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help."
Keep reminding yourself of the truth when you are tempted to believe the lies!
Psalms 22:24 NIV
"For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help."
Psalms 22:26-28 NIV
"The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations."
Psalms 22:29 NIV
"All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive."
Psalms 22:30-31 NIV
"[Descendants] will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!"
"Heavenly Father, hear my cry. My heart is heavy because of [pray specifically for yourself or another in need]. God, I know you are aware of this pain, but it feels like you are so far away. Sometimes this feels really lonely, God, and I am tempted to wonder if you care. Yet, I know that no matter what life feels like - you are near. You have always been near. From the first moment of my life until now you have seen everything. So, strengthen [me or the name of the person you are praying for] now and open [my/their] eyes to see where you are working that I might trust in you now more than ever. In Jesus’ name, Amen."