My heart is extremely heavy this week. Dear friends all around me are hurting deeply. Their pain is deep, from heavy burdens to shattered hearts.
Disappointment in people who didn’t follow through with promises.
Friends who just don’t seem to care.
Marriages strained with distrust and selfishness.
Sudden death of a loved one.
Physical pain so unbearable it seems hopeless.
As long as we live in these temporary bodies and navigate our way in a fallen world, there will be hurt. But we don’t have to stay stuck in our hurt. We can cling to truth in God’s word to hold us up when we just can’t take anymore.
My absolute favorite scripture is the core of my blog. It’s found in Matthew 11:28-29:
“Come to Me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”
Whether you’re burned out from doing the same tasks over and over again, or burdened with something far too heavy to carry on your own, Jesus promises to give us REST. But I’ve learned the hard way that rest doesn’t just come automatically. When I’m caught up in a tangled mess of hurt and pain, I can’t find rest in my own strength. We’ve got to COME to Jesus.
That’s our part….just COME.
He promises to give us rest. Sometimes we need physical rest. Other times we need soul rest.
Another truth in God’s word that brings me comfort in the midst of my hurt is found in Psalm 46:10
“Be still and know that I am God.”
I’m often guilty of running around in my own strength trying to figure everything out on my own. I’ll keep myself busy (even with good things) to keep from having to focus on my hurt. I’ll run myself ragged, making myself too stressed out to just stop and be still. And there it is…
That’s our part…..Be still.
Cease striving. Stop what you’re doing. Stop worrying. Quit letting anxiety drive you.
And the other part in that scripture? It says KNOW.
This is not a physical action. It’s not something we DO. It happens in our mind and penetrates down to our weary soul. Here’s a definition of KNOW that is pretty powerful:
“to have developed a relationship with someone through meeting and spending time with them; be familiar or friendly with.”
In the worst part of our hurt and pain, we can simply know that God is who He says He is. We can trust Him.
One last scripture I’ll point you to today is found in Psalm 34:18
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Sometimes our hurt is so unbearable we feel our heart will burst with pain. I understand that kind of hurt. I’m sure every person who is reading this has been in this place.
You feel crushed by other’s choices. By your own foolish decisions. By circumstances beyond your control. By sickness or death that came on suddenly.
But God promises to be NEAR. He also promises to SAVE.
Even if we don’t feel it. Even if we don’t see it. Even if we don’t believe it.
He IS near. He DOES save.
I can’t promise how long your hurt and pain will last. It may be short-lived or it may be ongoing. But I can without a doubt promise you this:
When we surrender to Jesus in the midst of our hurt and take our heavy heart to him, He will carry us through.
COME to Him for your REST.
Be STILL and KNOW.
Trust that He is NEAR and CLOSE.
Praying for you, dear friends, that wherever you are today you’ll be encouraged by these truths.