LHM Lenten Devotion – March 15, 2014 “By Day and By Night”

 

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“By Day and By Night”

March 15, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 88.
TEXT: O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest (Psalm 22:2).

Jesus was crucified around nine in the morning. He speaks briefly three times in those early daylight hours, but most of the time He hangs silently. But even in His silence He is crying out to His Father through His groans and tears. Three hours later the world is plunged into unnatural night as the sun stops shining. Crushed beneath the load of our sins and the fiery wrath of our God it must have felt like eternity for Him. In the unnatural darkness His moans cry out to heaven. But His Father gives Him no rest, no relief- just the bitter pangs of hell striking Him in wave after wave.

Sometimes sickness or pain, troubles and fears, guilt or torment grip us. No matter what we try we can’t escape the pain night or day. We plead to God to give us relief and help, but we find little or no change, whether it’s daytime or nighttime.

Perhaps today is such a time for you.

It is in these times that Jesus encourages us to follow His example, to keep crying out day and night. He promises, “Will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily” (see Luke 18:7-8).

Very soon Jesus will complete His payment for our sins. His suffering will cease and He will be in Paradise forever. Soon God will relieve your burden, and give you times of rest and peace. In the meantime, keep crying out to Him in faith.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, in Your indescribable pain and agony You cried out to Your Father from the cross. Give me grace to keep praying night and day. Amen.

 

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