13 October - What To Do When Life Hurts

Some days in life are hard, and as a Mum especially, I think it's also really difficult to watch those you love going through something that hurts them. The truth is, walking with Jesus doesn’t mean life will always be a party or filled with positivity. We live in a broken world with broken people, and unfortunately, we will face loss, painful experiences, frustrations and disappointment. At times we will have to face and travel through hard things.

In these seasons, it's important to acknowledge our feelings and to know that even in our pain, Jesus is there, and we can draw close to Him. For “the LORD is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

However, in Western culture, you are often taught to keep a “stiff upper lip” and told to “suck it up, princess”. Fortunately, the Bible is full of the passionate emotions of people crying out in lament, questions, and frustrations as they express their disappointment to Jesus.

Sharing our hurt and feelings with Him is healthy, and how our relationship grows, for a relationship with Jesus that doesn’t allow room for “crying out” to Him will result in a shallow faith when Jesus wants us to be honest with Him and to express our hearts. Even if that includes some tears, for He knows there is healing in that place with Him.

It's not answers to why we are hurting that we need at these times, but rather to be comforted by God's presence and to know that He is there.

He doesn’t see our relationship as conditional on always feeling great or us having it all together. Plus He will also send people to offer support and words of wisdom if we are open to it.

Isaiah 53:3 tells us that the suffering Messiah (Jesus) would be “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.

Where have you laid him,” He asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they answered, and Jesus wept. (John 11:34-35)

The Bible says we are to imitate Jesus, and since Jesus Himself wept and cried out to the Father, it’s okay for us to do the same when needed.

We can grow to know Him in both our breakthroughs and happiness and our disappointments, hurt and frustrations.

In Psalm 30:5, David sings, “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” This promises that even when life hurts, it won’t be forever.

He’s not bothered by your honesty, anger, disappointment, hurt, tears or whatever else you want to express. Turning to Him in the good and the difficult times of your life will cause you to have a deeper and stronger relationship with Him.

Are you hurting today? Take the opportunity to open your heart and be honest with Jesus about how you feel.

Cast your care and anxiety upon Him because He does really care about you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Today I encourage you to be real and honest, lean on Jesus, tell Him how you feel and know that He will bring you through whatever you are facing.

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)

"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)

Prayer; Lord, thank you for seeing me in both my good and bad times and for caring for me. I ask you to help me today to keep looking ahead to the future and all you have for me. In Jesus name Amen

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