Friday, May 20, 2016

God: the only answer to the world's heartache

I see them on Facebook, meet them in the words of their blogs, watch them in the middle of the grocery store, and even encounter them sitting in a pew at church. Their heart is breaking under the load they have to carry.

They just found out their husband is involved in pornography. 

Their wife is having an affair with one of your friends.

Their bills are larger than their paycheck.

Their child is was caught shoplifting.

Their baby died in an accident involving a drunk driver.

Their daughter has an eating disorder.

Their father is fighting cancer.

Their grandson is in jail for a crime he didn't commit -- or one he did.

Heartbreak -- we encounter it everyday. We walk beside it in the mall, drive beside it, worship with it, exercise beside it at the gym. What's our response to the souls whose heart beats cataclysmic grief? Do we have anything to give when the tapes of their head play a tune of failure over and over? What would it take to give new hope to those whose dreams lay in a puddle at their feet? 

We offer them our God. 

Our God who loves.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God (1 John 3:1). 
Our God who gives rest.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

Our God who gives peace.
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).

Our God who gives hope.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Our God who gives confidence.
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

Our God is the only answer to those devastated by the hard things life brings -- He promises to keep us from stumbling--by the grip of His right hand.



Valerie Murray said...

Thank you for your sensitive heart towards others! I love your image and pinned it! It is so true...when it feels like we have lost all, we can remember that we Have Jesus. He is near and with us to walk us through the pain. said...

Some heart break won't heal here on earth but we have heaven to look forward too and Christ to lean on.

Kalin said...

Great encouragement! Thank you for this post!

Faith said...

This is beautiful, Pamela. And so true. I need to be more sensitive to the emotional and spiritual needs of those around me and offer them the only hope - Christ.

Natalie said...

I needed this post today, I've been going through some rough storms and hopefully the light is near. In the meantime, this post was a good reminder, to give my worries to God.

Gayl Wright said...

Yes, our God is the answer. He is always ready to give grace, to comfort and forgive. He is our strength. Blessings to you! I'm your neighbor at #LetUsGrow.

Carrie Lorfano said...

Thank you for these critical truths! So important for believers to absorb these words so we in turn can reach out to those who may not know them. Thank you for joining us at Let Us Grow!

Dominique Abram said...

Thanks Pamela for a moving post. Storms come and go but knowing Jesus is on our side brings comfort and joy!

Anonymous said...

and if we recognize it, to reach out at that moment and pray for them! You describe this mission field with beautiful, Christ-like heart!

allysweet9788 said...

There is so much heartache around us. Thank you for this powerful reminder that only He can heal our hurts!

Sharon said...

Beautiful words reflecting your deeply caring heart, and the boundless love of our God. Yes, you're right, He is the only One who can bind up the wounds and heal the brokenhearted. May we be His instruments in bringing His very Good News to those who are desperate for Him, even if they don't know it.


Kelsey said...

This is so beautiful. How amazing that our God holds all the hurting close to his heart and cares for them.

Inez said...

It is so true, we are surrounded by hurting people. I really love the scriptures you have shared!

Jed Jurchenko said...

Beautifully said! Thank you for the reminder that we are surrounded by hurting people and of the many opportunities that I have to pass on hope to others.

Janis Cox said...

So true,
The line up at the grocery store gives us such an opportunity to pray.
Thanks for linking to Word of God Speak

Lux G. said...

Empathy is really important.
This is thought provoking and comforting at the same time.

Marianne Kearns said...

Amen, sis. Lemme add...

If 'freedom lies in being bold' (Robert Frost), doesn't pushing-the-envelope result in the Elysian Fields? If I'm the sower, we plant the Seed; if I'm an artist, we RITE the symphonies heard Upstairs ☆IF☆ you accept His lead withe orchestra...

Wanna find-out the fax, Jak, in a wurld fulla the 'power of cowards'? Wanna wiseabove to help a 'Plethora Of Wurdz' [POW!] which are look'n for a new home in thy novelty?? Yay!

Q: But [gulp] can anyone tell me the difference between K2/IQ? A: Nthn. In Heaven, we gitt'm both for eternity HA! Need a few more thots, ideers, wild wurdz (whoa, Nelly! easy, girl!) or ironclad iconoclasms?

VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI (Latin: words to [the] wise): As an ex-writer of the sassy, savvy, schizophenia we all go thro in this lifelong demise, I just wanna help U.S. git past the ping-pong-homo'BOMBa-politixxx, the whorizontal more!ass! we're in...

"This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty told me in my coma. "Far beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find tangible, corpulent eloquence". Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET!! any moe curly, party-hardy-endorphins, low-hanging-fruit of the Celestial Paradise, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs (aww! baby kitties, too!!) when my o-so-beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girly passed-away due to those wry, sardonic satires...

"Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3, NJB

Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Go gitt'm, girly. You're incredible. You're indelible. Cya Upstairs. I won't be joining'm in the nasty Abyss where Isis prowls