Thursday, July 26, 2012
A Bit of Encouragement in Very Difficult Days
Psalm 22:24 (NIV)
24 For he has not despised or disdained
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
Everyone goes through tough times. Each person struggles on certain days. Those of us who do not have an abundance of money think that the wealthy have nothing but wine and song all their days but they do not. Those who feel unloved think that those famous people in the movies or television who are so beautiful and appear to be so loved are always comforted by others who truly love them, but they are not. So, even the rich and famous have terrible days.
Some people have more than their fair share of difficulties. I don't know how we define what is "fair." Yet, we see parents who lose all their children in multiple tragedies. We see those whose financial status gets worse and worse because the companies which employ them continue to downsize and go out of business. It leaves them looking for work more than actually working. Their families suffer because of the financial strain.
I have always thought that no matter what I am going through there was someone going through something worse than me. That logic means that there is someone who has the absolute worst difficulties. I wonder if this person knows that their's is the worst.
What makes our situation worse is thinking that no one cares. We think that no one will help us, comfort us or even think of us in our difficulties. We believe we are alone in a boat in the middle of the ocean without oars, sails, motor or radio. No one even misses us. No one is looking for us.
We turn to God and ask, "Why?" Have we done something so bad that we have earned this suffering? We wonder why God would send such a tragedy. We wonder how He could let it happen. We curse and cry and think He is not listening.
But God has not turned His face away. I know that His tears match ours when He sees us in pain. I know that He hears our cries and I know that He is full of love and compassion. I know that He is working when we do not see Him working. I know that He is caring when we cannot hear Him. I know that He has prepared the way out of the difficulties even before we started our path into them.
No one is ever really alone. No matter what you are going through. God is always there in His full knowledge or what you are going through. He has a way for you.
So, turn to Him fully and do not hold back. Tell Him your struggles and your fears. Tell Him your disappointments and hurts. Tell Him of your loneliness. Tell Him of your pain.
Then know this with all your heart: He is listening. He is caring and He is rescuing you.