I was straightening out my office several months ago, and a small handcrafted globe of the world rolled off the stand from my shelf and you guessed it. The globe cracked in half and broke (of course one of my favorite treasures).
As I was picking up the pieces looking at this shattered globe it reminded me of how broken our world really is and how much pain and suffering we as human beings face in our lives.
The needs are widespread whether it’s in a third world country or here in the USA.
It doesn’t matter how positive you are, but I think it is inevitable that you and I will face pain. Reality can be a cruel force in our lives. Even those who love and serve God are not immune of pain and suffering just read the book of JOB in the Old Testament. What about the Apostles of the early church in the New Testament? Most faced persecution and torture. I have had several friends and others experience painful losses such as losing a child, a spouse, or the unexpected accident, several lost due to the covid pandemic, even a drug overdose. In the local newsaper the Patriot Ledger a mother on the south shore lost two daughters within ten years due to heroin and the opiate addiction crisis. The pain and struggles are real my friend. What parent doesn’t feel the pain of their children suffering or the emotional pain of a divorce?
I say all this just to let you know that God has not forsaken you or this world. He knows your deepest pain. Jesus Christ died on the cross to bear our pain and suffering. He gives each of us a hope and a future no matter how fragile your life may be today. My prayer for each of you is that the Lord will minister to you at this very moment in your pain and grief. Life is just plain tough and at times it sucks, there are no shortcuts! Trust God and face your battle today and the Lord will see you through even in your deepest loss. Its not easy but know that you are not alone.
“A man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief…but in fact He (Jesus) bore our griefs and He has carried our sorrows and pains;…
He was wounded for our transgressions …and by His stripes we are healed…” (Isaiah 53:3-5 Amplified version).
We are fragile jars of clay in the hands of the Master. His name is Jesus.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
2 Corinthians 4:7-10 NIV
Notice the all surpassing power is from God and not our own human wisdom.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT
Releasing what we cannot control is never easy but a necessity. The power of God’s Spirit can do more thank we can ask, think, or imagine. God can be glorified in your pain and suffering. Just like the body of Jesus Christ death. “For by His stripes, we are healed”
If you have a prayer request please feel free to comment and I will agree with you in prayer.
May you walk in healing this day my friend.