Abandonment. This was what Job felt, and it was a sensation that Jesus Christ would express as well, although with a much different understanding. While on the cross, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). This apparent cry for help came after Jesus had been on the cross for several hours and might seem like a lack of trust. But it is important to know where Jesus drew the statement from: the Book of Psalms. As He hung on the cross, bearing the persecution that He did not deserve, Jesus quoted from Psalm 22. This psalm begins with a cry of desperation but ends with a cry of praise. Jesus knew the suffering He was enduring in that moment would not last, but more importantly, that it would lead to victory.
That first part of Psalm 22 is where Job lived for most of the book bearing his name. But in the end, he too saw how God used his suffering. Victory came through his pain.
What areas of suffering or challenge are you experiencing right now? How might God use these for His glory and your good?