" Knowing the God who shares our pain"
Jesus promised his followers many things: peace, joy, abundant life, the forgiveness of sins, a secure union with him. One thing he did not promise however, is a pain free life here on the earth. Rather, he reminded us that we would have trouble throughout our journey here in this world. This might not be fair, but life stopped being fair when Adam and Eve purposefully disobeyed God's loving directive in the garden. The ripple effects of their willful disregard of a compassionate God's attempt to safeguard their minds & bodies from the ravages of sin & death continue to effect each of us even unto this day.
Since that day in the perfect garden paradise prepared for the enjoyment of God's greatest and most beloved of creations, the human race, life has been filled with an unending procession of victimization & pain. But one of the most remarkable things about the Christian faith - the one thing that sets biblical Christianity apart from every other world religion - is that our God feels our pain with us. He suffers with us. He weeps with us. Each and every one of our tears shed in the bleakest and most desperate of moments matter to him!
Incredibly enough, he promises that one day soon we will weep no longer. Death will disappear once and for all, swallowed up by the victory Jesus accomplished at the Cross of Calvary. Until this longed for deliverance arrives, Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to be the comforter of very person who will trust in him. It is in seeking the face of God in the midst of the most overwhelming of trials that our sorrow can be transformed into joy. Joy that comes from knowing, without a shadow of a doubt, that the Creator-King of the universe cares intimately for us.
What trial do you need to trust him with? Release anxiety to him right now knowing that his Father's heart is turned to you, desiring to bless you and reveal the depths of his passion for you his most beloved child. Receive that encouragement and hope that will refresh your soul even now.
"How lonely sits the city that was full of people!
How like a widow has she become, she who was great among the nations!
She who was a princess among the provinces has become a slave...
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
(Lamentations 1:1 & 3:21-23)
And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
(Revelation 21:3-4 )