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It's Ok Not to Be Ok- Day 9

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Scripture:Psalm 22:1-11 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. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.  To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 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. ”Yet you brought me out of the womb;  you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.  Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.

Devotional: This psalm exemplifies the deep pain of loneliness., To feel forsaken by God and despised and rejected by others clearly brings about the deepest pain a human can bear. 

Jesus himself quoted these words upon the cross of Calvary when He gave His life for you. He is greatly acquainted with this kind of lonely grief.  Isaiah 53:3 prophesies “He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”

If you are suffering from deep loneliness, know that you are not alone in that.  You have a Savior who understands.  Hebrews 4:15 says of Jesus: “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize withour weaknesses…”Jesus understands.  So when you’re not OK in the midst of your loneliness, turn to Him.

 

Reflect:

  • When do you most deal with feelings of loneliness? How might you invite Jesus to be with you in the midst of that?