In life we can just stand and lift our heads and ask God to give us courage and peace, sometimes more out of brokenness. Just in the last week I attended the funeral of a loved teacher, had to hold someone dear to me, trying to assure her that although we don’t understand God’s ways, He is in control and all will be ok… Although I believe it with my whole heart, when you experience such heart-breaking times in your life, your faith is tested.
It is easy for people and family of the church to say: “God knows best”, but having to look into broken eyes brimming with tears asking the question: But why? I don’t have all the answers, but what I know is that He is a good Father. We only see the here and now, but He sees everyone. If there is something I have learned over the years, it is the following: “God is not who you think He is, He is what he says he is.’ In His word it says that He has compassion for us.
There really is no better declaration of compassion than the one Jesus made on the cross. The Lord saw that his people were headed for ruin and He could not bear it, so He set us free. The God of heaven ached over the thought of losing us. He was then, and will always be, a place of warmth, safety, love, and tender mercy.
There is no hurt that God cannot heal. I speak of experience. Through time and closeness with Him, our wounds will gradually become less painful. Though a scar may remain in the place of injury, the memory of God’s presence and compassion will remain as well and the pain subside.
Exodus 34:5-6 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
What do you do when you have anger, brokenness, worries and turmoil in your life? Do you fight with the tongue, do you hit your fist against the walls, or withdraw into your shell and keep it in? Do you turn to substances like drugs and alcohol just to numb the pain? Does it really help or only delay the pain you try to avoid and suppress.
Everyone needs compassion, a love that’s never failing, everyone needs forgiveness, the kindness of a Saviour, the hope of nations. What can wash away my sin? What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Grief is a personal journey that only you can walk. No one has the right to say: “I know how you feel”, they have no idea because your pain is yours.
I want to encourage you that is reading this, to turn to the only One in life who will always be there for you – God. If you allow Him in, you will heal, I don’t doubt that at all. Give Him a chance please?