At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “Look, he is calling Elijah.” One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.” Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. — Mark 15: 33- 38
Right now, it may seem as if nothing is working in your life. It may seem as if your dreams are not coming into fruition. It may seem as if you’re not moving any closer towards your finish line. It may even seem as if God has forsaken you.
But now is the time to test how strong your faith is. Now is the time to develop your trust in God. Now is the time to strengthen your belief.
It’s easy to have faith when things are going well in your life. It’s easy to praise God when you just got a promotion or a salary increase, when you just made a sale, when your business is doing well, or when you have good health.
What’s difficult is staying in faith when the trials come your way — a sickness in the family, a death of a loved one, a refusal by a company, a promotion you didn’t get, or a business that failed.
These trying times in your life are your best opportunities to prove to yourself how much you’ve grown in faith and in trust. Instead of losing strength, they are opportunities for you to grow even stronger. Persistence and perseverance are developed by holding on a little longer.
Finally, just like the story of Jesus, this is not where your story ends. Your story will not end in death or in defeat. Your story will end in your greatness, in your success, and in your victory. Your story will end in your resurrection. Your story will end in God's glory.
And when your story ends, it will be one of the greatest stories ever told – just like Jesus’.
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