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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #103

TEXT: Psalm 22:1-5

In 1991, few people were thinking of a place called Bangladesh. Most people knew it was somewhere on the other side of the world, and that was it. However, on the night of April 29th, a cyclone hit the Bay of Bengal and suddenly Bangladesh was front page news. Over 130,000 people died in the disaster, and millions more were left homeless. Many people simply vanished beneath the rising water, their bodies swept out to sea. At that time, Bangladesh was already one of the poorest countries in the world. Now amid the death, disease, loss, and starvation, the anguished cry from many survivors was "Why has God forsaken us?"

That question echoes from the many events that cause despair and desperation in our lives. Not only from large-scale disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, but from a single mother who has lost her job and is wondering how she can provide for her children. It echoes from the heart of a parent who has found out that their beloved child has a terminal illness and there is no hope for recovery. This cry echoes from the soul of a young man who once had a bright future but got caught up in drugs, drinking, and violence, and is now sitting, homeless, in an alley somewhere wondering if his life will ever amount to anything?

Perhaps some of you have wondered this same thing at moments of utter despair in your life: "Why has God forsaken me?" But long before we ever asked such a question, we find that it was asked in the pages of Scripture. We would see this question as a human outcry against what we may feel is unfair or unjust. But, today, I want us to look at this question from a spiritual perspective, and that perspective is given to us in Psalm 22.

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