We all wish that we could erase our pain. But we know that on this side of Heaven we can’t. We have an enemy who plots to distract us with disappointment and bury us alongside our losses. But the Bible teaches us God is near and the enemy can not win.
When were suffer, it’s tempting to believe God has abandoned us? We may mistake a faith-filled life for a life free from pain. But the Bible is brimming with stories of flourishing faith despite searing pain.
David, in Psalm 34:15-22 shows us he was a man after God’s own heart and was anointed the next king of Israel. But that happened incrementally, not immediately. Instead of wearing the King’s crown, he ran for his life as King Saul pursued him. As David fled, he penned this verse.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
The Hebrew word David chose to describe God’s presence means that God is close enough to touch. God is close enough to touch the hurt in our lives too. When He does, our pain serves a purpose. Our struggles prepare us to walk right into other people’s stories. It gives us conference to look others in the eye with integrity and assure them that they are not alone. If you face trouble and grow stronger then they can too.
Hope grows in our hurt. When we face the truth with God, pain is transformed into possibility. Heartache becomes an open door to experience God with deeper intimacy and an invitation to have more of Him.
If you’re heartbroken it’s more valid to let the tears fall and hand what remains to Jesus. Even in the desolate landscape of a broken heart, hope takes root, in a small manger, in a stable, and it’s for this reason we hold on to hope.