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Jesus suffered in every way as we do, but we will never suffer the way He did. When He hung between Heaven and Hell, the Father could not look on Him because He had our sin on Him. That’s when Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1)

What are the first words out of your mouth in hard times? In the past, my first words were curse words. Praise God, He forgave me for all those times. Yet, in the midst of Christ’s suffering on the cross, He quoted Psalm 22:1, Scripture written more than a thousand years before Jesus. It is worthwhile to memorize verses from God’s word so that when hard times come, that is what we say.


Have you ever felt abandoned? No one knows better what that feels like than Jesus. He was persecuted, rejected, abandoned, ridiculed, spit on, beaten and crucified. That was the price He paid for our redemption. Jesus cried out to the Father what He truly felt from the cross. He said, “The mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart” (Matthew 12:34).

Jesus was honest. He spoke about His real feelings, but He quoted Scripture that defined His suffering. This means that in our deepest, darkest moments of despair, we can be honest with God. May what comes out in our despair be the overflow of our hearts.


Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus, His teaching, sacrifice and presence in our lives. Help us to focus on your word so we might glorify you even during hard times. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Sue Loeffler

Author of more than two hundred articles, devotions and stories, my book, A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD, is a compilation of devotions from my visit to Israel. The Bible came alive to me, and I discovered I was not only walking in the Holy Lands; I was walking closer with God. I have taught Sunday school more than twenty years, mentored young women and volunteered as a hospital chaplain. Today I lead Women's Bible studies in my home, and I write two blogs--A Closer Walk With God-Devotions from a Journey Through the Holy Lands and Tell Me the Story-Building a Relationship with Jesus Through Bible Lessons and Prayer. Visit often and/or subscribe/follow.

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