Tom Harding

Matthew 27:45–46 (NLT)

45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (a mixture of Aramaic and Hebrew) which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” 

Psalm 22:1–2 (NLT)

1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? 2 Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. 

Luke 22:39–44 (NLT)

42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” . . . 44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood. 

God came in the flesh, to suffer for us, but also to suffer with us.

When it comes to God, silence is never forever and death is never the end.

  • With Jesus, no pain is ever wasted.
  • With Jesus, no suffering is ever pointless.
  • With Jesus, no death is ever the end.
  • With Jesus, silence is never eternal.
  • With Jesus, the sun will rise on the dark night of the soul.

Psalm 22 (NLT)

1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? 

7 Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying, 

8 “Is this the one who relies on the Lord? Then let the Lord save him! If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!” 

15 . . . My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead. 16 My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs . . . They have pierced my hands and feet. 17 I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat. 18 They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing. 

27 The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him. . .30 Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. 31 His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done. 

Psalm 13:1–2 (NLT)

1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? 2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? 

Psalm 13:5–6 (NLT)

​​​​​​​5 But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. 6 I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.