Devotion: Psalm 22
As you read this Psalm, you will recognize the words of Jesus as He suffered and took on the punishment for our sins. It was during His suffering that He offered up praise back to His Father God. He suffered the highest degree of pain, humanly possible. He was fully God and fully man. He went through that for you and me. Jesus declared in verse 24 “For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard.”Jesus trusted His Father’s plan, when He performed miracles and even when He was suffering for you and me.
He taught us how to praise, even in the worst of circumstances. Our faith should not be based upon circumstances. We cannot evaluate God’s love by what He allows in our lives. If we base our faith upon our circumstances; the sorrows and tragedies that are bound to happen, our hope and faith will be stolen. Circumstances are very fragile. Life is not consistent and there is no formula to God. I do not like to suffer or be in pain. I have a good friend, Tia, who says, “When we suffer, we can be the most like Christ.” Oh God, may we offer up praise to You, in the good times as well as the times when you allow suffering.
We ask God to heal us now. I heard a pastor say, “He will either heal us now, heal us later or in eternity.” That is the healthiest view of healing, I have ever heard spoken. All things are possible to him that believes. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen, but ultimately, it’s God’s decision. Our part is to trust Him with the outcome. Do you or someone you know, need healing? You can pray for and thank Him for the healing. He will bring it now, later or in eternity.