As humans living, we've all experienced pain throughout our lives and while we don't want to, if we continue to live, there's a 100% chance we could experience more.
God says, "I know you're hurting. I know you're suffering. But trust in Me. All things will work together for your good and for my glory. Hang tight. Hold on. I'm right here with you."
I want you to know that I've been exactly where you are. Engulfed with so much pain and hurt, and not understanding how a great God could allow something so tragic to take place. You know He's good, you know He's mighty, He just doesn't feel..close. So little by little, you back away. Less worship, less prayer time until before you know it, you're just going through the motions.
It's okay to acknowledge your pain. We avoid spending time with him because of the pain and heartache. Sometimes we even suppress it and act like it's not there, all while creating a larger distance between us and Him. I want you to know that he's been right there by your side. He's there now. Jesus can handle your pain. He won't be upset if you confess it to Him. In fact, He understands it. He is fully God and was fully man. He was crushed and pierced and bruised on the cross. But not only that, He had to watch those close to him betray and abandon him. The bible says that He wept when Lazarus died, and was moved with compassion when He saw a mother mourning over her dead son. He wrestled with going to the cross to the point where His soul was crushed with grief and sorrow.
Don't think for a second that Jesus doesn't know your pain. He's the best One to handle it. I know it's hard right now, but I pray that you would begin to soften your heart towards Him, and to allow His loving arms to embrace you in this season of sorrow.
Romans 8:18 tells us “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” I want you to hold fast to this scripture. The darkness won't last forever. Jesus is the Light of the world. There is joy after this. There is peace after this.
The peace comes in your reconnection with Christ. "God, I don't understand why this happened, but I trust you. I can't overcome this on my own. I need you in this with me." He will give you a peace that surpasses all understanding.
I can't tell you why it happened. I can only tell you who God is.
Isaiah 9:6 tells us that that his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
He's a counselor who listens and advises, He's the Mighty God who can turn your situation around, He's the Everlasting Father who can wrap you in His arms, and He's the Prince who can give you peace like none other.
Invite Him in to where you are right now. You don't have to wait until you have it all together, or until you're healed. He's the only One who can mend your broken heart together and who can soften a harden heart.
Lastly, I want to encourage you that rain helps a seed to grow. And while we despise them, the storms in our life grow us. It was during Jesus' prayer in the garden of Gethsemane that he told God, "Not my will, but thy will be done." God did not deliver Him from going to the cross, however, He gave him the strength to endure it. The great news is, He rose from death and has all Power. Since He does, so do you. You have victory over every situation you are facing.
Father in Jesus Name, I pray for the person reading this. I ask dear God that you would step into that dark place with them, and illuminate what they've been keeping from you. Heal their broken hearts Lord. Hold them ever so tightly. Bring them back to a place of worship with you. We may not understand why everything happens in our lives, but we trust you to work everything together for our good and for your glory. I speak peace into their hearts right now in the Name of Jesus. Thank you for the testimony that you are birthing and for the total restoration that is taking place now. We love you.
In Jesus Name,