Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) The your here is plural. One of the devil’s primary strategies is to pick off someone who gets isolated from the rest. Imagine going on a safari...
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
We are reminded here that not only does God hide his face from us sometimes, but God also hid his face from his own Son.
The Father had always delighted in the Son and the Son had always delighted in the Father. Love, in all its fullness, had always been flowing between the Father and the Son.
And then there was the cross. Christ stood in our place and bore our sins. Darkness covered the land, and the Father hid his face from the Son, and our Savior cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
It was there that God accomplished his greatest work. The day God hid his face was the day he redeemed the world. Jesus was forsaken so that you would never know what that is like.
Think about the day God hid his face from his Son and the implications of that for your life and eternity.