Today, I'm taking a break from the past few segments that we were discussing. This is because yesterday, we found another friend facing a familiar point of pain. The message from my devotional reading spoke to me regarding my own hurts and pains but I realized that there were so many more who have similar issues, they needed to read this as well.
I would be extremely surprised if you could say that you don't know someone who is in pain, whether that pain is physical, emotional, or financial. We all know someone who could use healing, encouragement or assistance. Do not let today go by without doing whatever you can to assist someone in need.
We have continually been blessed by others who followed God's direction to assist us. When they did, there were no words of gratitude that could describe the joy we felt or the pain/fear their actions relieved. Remember that God is the answer to all hurts and pain. God often works through the active obedience and submission of His people.
Am I ready and fully willing to be used for God's purpose?
Read Mark 10:46-52
When in pain, we may question whether God cares or even knows about what we’re going through. Our adverse circumstances can give us a wrong view of Him.
Scripture teaches that our triune God is omniscient. In other words, He knows all things. No action, person, or situation—past, present, or future—is hidden from Him (Ps. 33:13-15; Heb. 4:13). The Lord “searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought” (1 Chron. 28:9 niv). Because of His perfect knowledge, He knows us intimately and understands what we really need (Matt. 10:29-30). What’s more, God’s love and concern for us do not change, even if our pain has resulted from our own sinful actions.
Jesus repeatedly demonstrated His Father’s care for people. He met with Nicodemus, one of the religious leaders, and without condemnation or accusation, showed him the way to the Father (John 3:3). Another time, the Lord visited Zaccheus, a man whose dishonesty had hurt many financially. And Jesus even initiated conversation with the Samaritan woman, a social outcast. He also delayed His journey in response to the cry of a blind beggar—He showed compassion to Bartimaeus and affirmed his faith. Because of Jesus’ life, we can be certain that our heavenly Father cares about us.
God’s love extends over us, and He wants us to come to Him with our questions and pain. Don’t allow trials to cloud your thinking about God’s deep concern for you. Accept Jesus’ invitation and bring your burdens to Him (Matt. 11:28).