I have met some of the most wonderful, faithful, staunch believers. They are strong in faith and true prayer warriors. However, I have discovered that in one way or another, many of them are hurting in some way. I believe that many of us carry our own burdens of pain. It might be something deep inside from out past, or a physical limitation that we have not totally accepted and dealt with.
Whenever we are faced with deep hurts, we cannot just shut down the inner fears and deepest agonies. I don’t think even the best of friends can understand the battle some are going through or the wounds that have been inflicted on us. That is just one of the limitations of our human psyches.
If we can accept that as our reality, is there any help for us? Is there a balm for a broken heart? They say that time heals all wounds but is that true? Can we find healing for those deep, inner pains and hurts? Can the pieces be put back together and the heart made even stronger? Well, I say . . . Yes! Absolutely yes! If not, then God’s Word would be a hoax and God himself would be a liar and that can never be true!
The Scriptures and our Lord never, as the song says, “promised you a ‘rose garden,’ a painless way of life. However, He did promise you “a way of escape.” He promised to help you bear your pain. He promised you strength to put you back on your feet when weakness makes you stagger.
Have you lost a loved one? He can sustain you during your loss and grieving. Has your marriage or treasured relationship failed? He can comfort and strengthen you during this pain time of your life. Have you lost a job, a career you have invested so much time and energy in? He can help you recover your losses and assist you in overcoming the pain. You see, whatever the situation is, whatever pain or loss you are facing, He is able to sustain and strengthen you.
Our loving Father said, “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” (I Corinthians 10:13). The Amplified Version renders that a little stronger:
For no temptation; no trial regarded as enticing to sin, no matter how it comes or where it leads, has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man. That is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not first, adjusted and second, adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear. But God is faithful to His Word and to His compassionate nature, and He can be trusted not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will always provide the way out—He will always provide the means of escape to, so that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently (I Corinthians 10:13)
See what I mean? Let me make this real personal for you. Your 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 your mourning.
I have told many of you the story of a friend who had lost one of their children. The young child drowned in their swimming pool when she turned her back and, as you can imagine, she was terribly distraught. After the funeral, people were meeting at their home and she went to her husband saying she needed to leave and be alone for awhile. But, unfortunately, not long before this, she suffered terrible depression and after having a nervous breakdown, she attempted suicide.
So when she was asking to be alone, several family members were very concerned. She was a new disciple of Jesus and our Lord had done a wonderful healing in her life, but many did not trust that she could be alone. Although, her husband supported her and encouraged her to spend the time alone.
She left their home and began to walk in the field behind their home. They owned a large rural home with about 20 acres of land. She walked in their field and when she reached the middle of that field, fell on her face crying out to her Lord. As she lay crying, the Lord’s presence became overwhelming and she felt as if she could just reach out her hand and touch Him. That is when she felt the weight of her pain disappear. It was if the Lord had simply touched her heart and it was healed. She didn’t want to leave that place, but suddenly she saw where she was and returned to her home.
The whole ordeal seemed to take hours and hours. All the pain was lifted from her being. As she walked back to the house, she sang a song of praise. When she reached home people commented on her pleasant countenance and the peace that seemed to radiate from her. The healing was so complete, some who could never understand or recognize Grace when they saw it, began to gossip under their breath that she was relieved because one child was gone. Since they had five young kids she was probably overwhelmed with all of them, so, in their minds, that was why she attempted suicide.
No. This young mother discovered she had the ability to make her heart rejoice and be glad in the Lord. The eye of her Lord was on her and He was able to rescue her in her deepest pain — and He will do the same for you—in fact, He commands us to rise up and shake off all those fears causing doubt, and to call to Him, and He will come.
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