Day 1 of 7

The Lord Hears Your Cries


Mark 14:43-46

43 Jesus was still speaking, when Judas the betrayer came up. He was one of the twelve disciples, and a mob of men armed with swords and clubs were with him. They had been sent by the chief priests, the nation's leaders, and the teachers of the Law of Moses. 44 Judas had told them beforehand, “Arrest the man I greet with a kiss. Tie him up tight and lead him away.” 45 Judas walked right up to Jesus and said, “Teacher!” Then Judas kissed him, 46 and the men grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

When someone you love hurts you and is abusive, you may feel shock. Denying the reality of the abuse and making excuses for the abuser are common reactions. You may try to deny the violence by asking, "I can't believe it, how could this happen?" God understands your confusion. The Lord knows the grief you face when your trust has been betrayed through violence.

Jesus also experienced violent betrayal from one of his closest friends: Judas Iscariot. The betrayal was even symbolized with a kiss, pretending to still love Jesus even while carrying out the act. When you are going through very similar in the form of domestic abuse, Jesus understands.

REFLECT

When we think about the God of the universe, we rarely consider that he suffered some of the worst emotional pain humanly possible along with some of the worst physical pain humanly possible. Does this make Jesus more relatable to you?

RESPOND

The response to shock and disbelief is far easier said than done: you need to admit that you have been hurt by the one you love most and the one who claims to love you.

PRAYER

Jesus, like you I have been betrayed. I have been seriously hurt by the person who is supposed to love me most. Please help me accept the reality of this situation and see the way forward. Amen.

TO KNOW MORE

Psalm 55:1-8

1 Listen, God, to my prayer! Don't reject my request. 2 Please listen and help me. My thoughts are troubled, and I keep groaning 3 because my loud enemies shout and attack. They treat me terribly and hold angry grudges. 4 My heart is racing fast, and I am afraid of dying. 5 I am trembling with fear, completely terrified. 6 I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly far away and be at peace. 7 I would go and live in some distant desert. 8 I would quickly find shelter from howling winds and raging storms.

Psalm 55:12-13

12 My enemies are not the ones who sneer and make fun. I could put up with that or even hide from them. 13 But it was my closest friend, the one I trusted most.

Psalm 55:20-21

20 My friend turned against me and broke his promise. 21 His words were smoother than butter, and softer than olive oil. But hatred filled his heart, and he was ready to attack with a sword.

Mark 15:16-20

16 The soldiers led Jesus inside the courtyard of the fortress and called together the rest of the troops. 17 They put a purple robe on him, and on his head they placed a crown that they had made out of thorn branches. 18 They made fun of Jesus and shouted, “Hey, you king of the Jews!” 19 Then they beat him on the head with a stick. They spat on him and knelt down and pretended to worship him. 20 When the soldiers had finished making fun of Jesus, they took off the purple robe. They put his own clothes back on him and led him off to be nailed to a cross.

Psalm 25:1-5

1 I offer you my heart, LORD God, 2 and I trust you. Don't make me ashamed or let enemies defeat me. 3 Don't disappoint any of your worshippers, but disappoint all deceitful liars. 4 Show me your paths and teach me to follow; 5 guide me by your truth and instruct me. You keep me safe, and I always trust you.