Each week I seek the Lord’s guidance as I write this article. The Lord has taught me that it is easier to share with others if you have experience about the subject yourself. And one thing that almost everyone has experienced or will experience is a hurting heart in the midst of joyful season.
There is one thing I’ve learned about pain and that is it is not reserved for just the young, middle-aged, or older person. Pain is no respecter of persons and it will get acquainted with you at some point in your life. It also has no limits; you can experience such as emotional hurt that it will make you physically hurt and/or sick. I’ve heard it said, speaking of the hurt brought on by the trials and burdens of life, that God will not put more on you than you are able to bear. This is actually speaking of the temptations we encounter in our lives. God makes a way to escape those temptations.
But the real fact of the matter is that God does allow us to be burdened and experience the heaviness of the hurt brought on sometimes by the separation of a spouse due to death or maybe divorce. Maybe you have a child you have prayed for, and you see that child you have nurtured and raised going down the wrong path and they just won’t listen to you. It could even be grandparents reading this that are hurting for their sweet, innocent grandchildren that are suffering due to carelessness and selfishness of their parents. A hurting heart is brought on by something you love that is diseased. It could be a physical disease such as a loved one who has terminal cancer. It may be the disease or sin, this disease that even this great country we live in that is afflicted with.
God knows the hurt and pain you are feeling. God knows the very intents of your heart. He even knows your thoughts afar off. This hurt will get unbearable at times. The psalmist said to “cast your burdens upon the Lord,” and 1 Peter 5: 6-7 says, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.” When the hurt in our lives gets to be too much to bear and the heaviness drives us to our knees, we need to let God bear that load that we can’t. God wants us to depend upon His strength and not our own. When we realize our own weaknesses and frailties, then we see the strength of our mighty God in our lives.
Thank you for you the kind letters I’ve received recently. If you need prayer or encouragement, I would enjoy hearing from you. I pray God’s blessings upon each of you.
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