"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?"
"Rather than running from God, we should run to God." When Jesus cried out on the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" He was referencing something in Scripture written by King David centuries before. King David went through some dark and difficult circumstances. Yet, those circumstances didn't cause David to turn FROM God. Instead, those circumstances caused David to turn TO God in prayer. In fact, in Psalm 22:24, David tells us why he cried out to God, even though he felt forsaken, "For [God] has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; He has not hidden His face from Him but has listened to His cry for help." So when King David, and then Jesus, felt alone and forsaken by God, they prayed because they knew God heard them and would not forsake them. Shouldn't we do the same?
Where do you feel like God is not showing up the way you want? Get brutally honest with God in prayer about it. Tell Him how you feel. God can take it! Being honest with God is a great way to build your relationship with Him in those difficult times.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that no matter how difficult the situation, or how dark the moment, I can always cry out to You in prayer and have confidence that You hear me. In Jesus' name, Amen.