In these quiet moments of my day, many thoughts have come to mind…thoughts of people who are hurting in many different ways. As I think on this, I have come to see that I am not truly alone in my own world of chronic pain and hurt, because in the shadows that surround me, there are others who hurt in ways that I can't begin to understand.
I don't know about you; but when I have a rough day of pain…these moments have a way of isolating me, until I begin to believe that I am the only one who feels this way. Over time, I have come to see that this is plot by Satan, to place me in a world of my own…one that can even make me believe that God has only allowed me to face these times…and not others, which can sometimes bring me low, to a place where the hurt begins to be accompanied by loneliness.
You know…it's amazing, as to how Satan not only afflicts us; but continues to wiggle that thorn of affliction, until we begin to believe other things, such as God was the one who afflicted us, and has walked away. As I'm writing you today, I want you to know that this just isn't true; for in Psalm 34:18, we read… "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."
While walking through my own moments of pain and struggle, I have experienced moments when the circumstance has caused me to ask a question… "Why God?"…but then I come to see that Satan is once more standing in the background…trying to camouflage himself from me, while making it appear as if God is out there placing all of this upon me.
Today, I wanted to write you and let you know that these are all deceptive lies. Ask yourself today…how can the Lord draw nigh to our brokenness and afflict us at the same time? Yes, I have come to see how God may step in and allow Satan to afflict us; but it's nothing that is going to give him the victory in the end.
There are days that can seem long and endless to me…days that trudge along with the pain that racks my body; but I can tell you today that during these endless moments of pain…a God stands beside me; and if I need a helping hand, He will let me lean on Him…and He will walk that endless path of pain with me, until He wills something even greater for my life.
I have learned through time…that we can find a reason to rejoice during moments of suffering…and why; because the power of Christ is resting upon us…and what a comfort that is. I think we need to stop asking all the questions, as to why these moments are taking place in our lives…and just trust God and lean on Him completely. I have come to see that He knows what He is doing…and what He has planned; and I've also come to see that these difficult moments can be easier to walk through, when we just follow through with His plan for our lives…and you know what…when we come out of these difficult times, we do find that we are stronger and more capable of handling other things that may come our way.
The Lord never promised that we would be free from trouble; for it says in the next verse (Psalm 34:19) … "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all." You see…God not only promised to be close to our broken hearts; but He also promised to deliver us from these trying times in our lives. Let's face it…even as Christians, we will never escape these times; but God will be there through it all…and that should bring comfort to our hearts.
I hope that this letter of encouragement has helped you to see your circumstances in a different way…one that can bring hope to your hurting heart. May God truly bless you…and I hope that you will come back again tomorrow and look for my next letter of encouragement to you! Bye for now!
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