Do you ever have days that you truly feel like giving up? Not necessarily suicidal, but just giving up on everything and everyone.
Do you have days or seasons when it seems that nothing you do works out?
When no one understands you or what you’re doing?
Days when your feel you’re fighting for your physical, emotional and psychological health?
You’re not just trying to hold it together. You’re fighting for your very life.
Seasons when you truly wonder if God has forsaken you?
Think about Jesus hanging on the cross.
Those closest to Him had all scattered…
Matthew 26:31 (NKJV)
31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be [a]made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:
‘I will strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
Even His own brothers did not believe in Him at the time…
John 7:5 (NKJV)
5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him.
He had one last human moment expressing that His Father had forsaken Him…
Matthew 27:46 (NKJV)
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
But, Yeshua suffered that shame and disgrace for us. And, it’s only fair that sometimes we share in His suffering…
Philippians 1:29 (NKJV)
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
Not just suffering FOR Christ, but suffering WITH Christ is a part of our calling.
1 Peter 4:12-13 (NKJV)
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
The truth is that we will sometimes unfairly suffer. Sometimes it comes straight out of nowhere! On those days and in those seasons remember this…
SOMETIMES WE ALL HAVE TO TAKE OUR TURN ON THE CROSS
In the words of the old hymnal written by Thomas Shepherd, “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone”: “Must Jesus bear the cross alone, and all the world go free? There’s a cross for everyone, and there’s a cross for me.”