When we see people on the street, or even in our church meetings, we have no idea what is going on in their lives. One truth I have learned is that in one way or another, we are all the same. We rejoice; we mourn; we hurt. Every person on earth carries his own burden of pain—it may be physical pain or emotional pain. It doesn’t matter which, we all suffer in some way.
The awful truth is that when you are deeply hurt, no person on earth can shut down the inner fears and deepest agonies. Not even the best of friends can understand the battle you are going through or the wounds you have received.
The is the reality of our human frame . . . many wonder if there is a balm for a broken heart? Is there healing for those deep, inner hurts? Can the pieces be put back together and the heart be made even stronger? Amazingly, Yes! Absolutely yes! And if not, then YHWH’s Word would be a hoax and YHWH himself would be a liar. And that cannot be!
He didn’t promise you a painless way of life. He promised you “a way of escape.” He promised to help you bear your pain. He promised strength to put you back on your feet when weakness makes you stagger.
Our loving Father said, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to every man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But [now listen!] but when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (I Corinthians 10:13).
The Message gives us another take on this verse: “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”
Your heavenly Father watches over you with an unwavering eye. Every move is monitored. Every tear is bottled. He identifies with your every pain. He feels every hurt. He will never allow you to drown in your tears. He will never permit your hurt to deteriorate your mind. He promises to come, right on time, to wipe away your tears and give you joy for mourning. It may not be tonight or tomorrow, but he is faithful to watch over you to deliver you from every pain and sorrow.
Inside of your being—within your spirit—you have the ability to make your heart rejoice and be glad in the Lord. Your Father’s eye is on you—and he commands us to rise up and shake off all those fears causing doubt. You can live above the turmoil—even while still in the midst of it. He is your strength and your confidence.
I have something for you to do this morning. I’m serious about this. I want you to take the time (even if you don’t feel like doing it), close your eyes (quit complaining and do it), raise your hands and say:
“Father, I’ll be honest, I don’t feel like rejoicing, but as an act of my faith, I thank you for the strength to carry on; I rejoice this morning that you have made me strong and I can overcome even this situation ________ (you can name one if you wish).
“I thank you that I am victorious and mighty. I thank you for your Eternal Presence and strength. I rejoice that your are my Father; you are my healer; you are my provider. Despite everything I may see, my confidence is in your deliverance. Be Glorified this morning in every word I speak and every thought I entertain. Amen!!”
Now, send me an email and tell me what happened . . . then go take on the day, a newly restored child of your Almighty Father.