As I’m writing this, my heart is heavier than it has been in a long time. My situation, however personally devastating to me, is not of importance here. The truth is this: every one of us has those things that break our hearts. In fact, trouble and trials are pretty much guaranteed in this earthly life.
In James God tells us this: Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 NASB)
Notice that He doesn’t say IF. He says when. It’s as good as a promise. And God does keep His promises. Not every trial is designed by God, although I believe that some are. He knows that we live in an imperfect sinful world with imperfect sinful people. That is a perfect recipe for trouble.
Whether we hurt ourselves or other people hurt us, pain is a part of life. What we do with those circumstances, the pain. That is up to us.
My choice is that I will draw closer to God. I will remember that He said He will take away our worry and give us peace if we ask it of Him.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7 NASB)
I believe that trials test our faith, help us grow in Him, making us into what He wants us to be. I can and I will find joy in that fact. I will seek Him and I will seek what it is that He hopes I will learn, because He will make something good from this bad.
I am so grateful that in times of hardship, heartache and trouble, I have the Word of God to turn to, which offers answers and hope and comfort on every page. I will call myself blessed that He would leave that for us to lean on.
And I will turn to Him in prayer. Because few things can comfort you like a conversation with the Creator of the universe, who loves us all enough to pay the price He paid for us. When you have nothing left, you can cry out to Him and He will answer you.
In my trouble I cried to the LORD, And He answered me. (Psalm 120:1 NASB)
So on a day like today, when I am tempted to feel lost and hopeless, I will use the tools He gave me. I will read His Word, pray without ceasing, keep my faith, and trust in Him to sustain me as He has already so many times before.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; (2 Peter 1:2 NASB)
His Truth in Love