At some point in all of our lives, we will face hard times. Unbearable times. There will be moments when we don’t have a clue how we will even make it out of bed that day. There will be moments when we cry ourselves to sleep and ask God, “Lord, why me?”
I don’t know what you are facing today. It may be divorce. It may be a sickness. A mental illness. It may be stress with work. It may be a broken relationship that you wish more than anything, would finally mend. It may look like loneliness. Or maybe it looks like an eating disorder. It may look like death. But I can tell you at some point we have all asked hard questions like these:
Does God really care about me?
Does God really see what I’m going through?
Does what matter to me, matter to God?
Will God ever come through for me?
Does God care that my heart is ripped apart?
Does God understand the amount of pain I’m in?
If God really was good, why would he let this happen?
Where is God’s love now?
How can God’s presence change what I’m facing tonight?
I don’t know, maybe you’ve never had these questions. But I am willing to bet that you have. And if you haven’t yet, sometime in your life, you will. Like Jesus said, “in this life, you will have trouble.” It’s guaranteed, folks. I have asked these questions. These questions have plagued me in the past few months and even years as I’ve been growing up and facing hard things.
I am nowhere near to having all the perfect and right answers. Sometimes, these questions still keep me up at night.
But what I can say is that you may not receive answers if you don’t ask the questions. Believe that God is big enough and constant enough to handle the hard questions. Your questions will not change His love for you. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Nothing can separate you from the love of God through Christ Jesus. Hold on to these promises while your world is spinning out of control. Ask God questions. Learn more about his heart and some of these questions may just be answered.
Tonight, i will share some answers with you that I have personally found.
God does see and He does care. As you come to Him he says, “Child, lift up your face. I see your pain. I know. I understand. Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
God is in no way indifferent to your pain. His heart breaks right along with yours. In the Gospels, there is a story about a man named Lazarus who died. Jesus was close to this man. However, Jesus knew that he would raise Him from the dead. It was his plan all along. Yet when He greets Lazarus’ sisters, they are so deeply grieved and couldn’t possibly understand how Jesus let this happen (kind of like us huh?). Get this: Jesus wept. One of the most powerful statements in Scripture. This two word sentence is a game changer. Was Jesus crying because Lazarus was dead? No. Jesus was weeping because Mary and Martha were in despair. They were hurting. They were asking Jesus hard questions. Jesus was not shaken by their questions. Jesus’ heart was moved deeply with compassion for their suffering.
Imagine if that was you tonight. Imagine that as you are heart-broken and crying, Jesus cries right along with you, even in spite of knowing the plan he has for you. It grieves Him to see the pain you’ve endured because of this fallen world.
Maybe the pain won’t end tonight for you. But healing is on it’s way. Be comforted in knowing that Jesus has a huge heart for YOU. Yes, you.
Hang on dear brothers and sisters. One day, all things will be made right. There will be no more tears. No more suffering. No more pain. No more fear.
Until that day, hold onto Jesus for HE cares for YOU.