Three year old Billy looked with great interest at the holiday candy displayed in the store. The colors drew his attention as he circled the baskets holding the treats. When he looked up, he didn’t see his mother. He looked one way and then the other and she was nowhere to be seen. Panic grasped his little heart and tears began to flow down his cheeks.
“Billy, there you are. I was looking for you,” his mother said with relief.
“I couldn’t see you,” Billy sniffled.
“I’m sorry, honey. I was right in the next aisle. I didn’t see that you were looking at the candy. We’re together now though,” she said comforting him.
We as Christians get busy and focused looking at the candy of the world. As we strive to get that candy, we forget about God watching over us. We look up and can’t seem to find God anywhere. Our heart is grasped with panic and fear. Then as we seek God, we see he was there all the time. It’s not that God left us, but that we left God.
We can’t imagine what it was like for Jesus when he felt God had forsaken him. Sin that Jesus carried for us caused a separation between the two. Jesus went through the real agony of separation from God so that we wouldn’t have to. Praise his name!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you so much for your sacrifice on the cross. I never have to experience separation from God. I pray that I can live out my gratitude to you each day. Amen
Faith Tip: Try to imagine what it would be like to be separated from God. Thank Jesus for his victory on the cross.