“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” (Luke 23:46)
Even after the Almighty had forsaken Him, the Lord Jesus Christ trusted Him with His spirit.
How far did you trust Him today? If you lost your job, did you still trust Him to provide your needs, if you just buried a loved one, do you still believe the promise that you will spend eternity with them. “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10)
How do you feel, or perhaps better said, how do you react when the Lord bruises you, when you are chastised, do you run to Him or from Him.
Nothing mattered more to the Lord Jesus Christ than glorifying the Father, while He walked and spoke with the apostles and the crowds, while He was being tempted in the wilderness, forty days with no food, while He sweat drops of blood, while He hung there in agonizing pain suffering for you, nothing mattered but that the Living God, His Father and ours, was glorified.
“There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” (Psalm 91:10)
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25)
If you have been crucified with Christ, where you are is where God wants you to be, how you react in those situations is called free will, and the words and actions that you express in those times reflects personally upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Ambassadors of the Kingdom of heaven are to represent the King of heaven continuously. When you feel forsaken by Him, you are still to behave as a servant of the Most High, and my friends, for those who have been blessed with Spiritual discernment, it is quite easy to tell when someone is faking it.
Personally, I do not trust bubbly people, those who seem to always be at a large fair or exciting event, much less the one who professes to know the Lord as Savior who always has a smile on their face and an almost overtly happy demeanor. “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Heb. 12:11)
People who attempt to hide pain are usually the ones feeling it the deepest.
The man most acquainted with grief did not hide that grief or sorrow, He did not attempt to pretend that everything in His life was going to be a bed of roses, but that did not hinder what he was sent to do, nor did it negate in anyway His love, devotion and obedience to the Father. “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.” (John 10:10) And His death was the way for that to happen for us.
In love, but with firm truth, you will not meet many Christians who adhere to that statement anymore. Go with the flow, keep a smile on your face, be happy, don’t worry.
Just because you know that everything is going to work out in the end doesn’t mean that you should attempt to hide the truth when adverse conditions are allowed to enter into your life. “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:22) Neither did Christ.
Do you find fault with God, do you question His motives, His desire for your life? Do you think that you can do better? “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jer. 29:11)
Trust Him, as He hung on the cross, forsaken, bruised by the Father more than we will ever know, He still trusted Him.
As the days grow darker, you will need that trust, you must believe that He who has promised is faithful.