Why is God so good…to everyone else? Why does He seem to ignore my pain, my journey. Why does everyone else seem to ‘hear from God’, when I cry out from my pain and don’t even get a whisper? Why do those who think they hear from God rub it into my face, don’t they know that it sends me into a deeper spiral of despair? Don’t they know that my heart has screamed for ‘my God my God’ and his silence has caused me to be deaf to His voice? (that is, if He still speaks).
Today is a day to be sensitive to those crying in the darkness. Today is a day to remember those who suffer in silence. Today is the day to remember that ‘joy boys’ are the painful salt to any emotional wound. It was this day, 2000 years ago, that God was silent in the pain and despair of those who loved His son. It was the day of confusion and licking their wounds. It was a day of questioning absolutely everything they believed, especially the apostle Peter.
- Dark times do NOT mean God is absent.
- Confusing times do NOT mean there isn’t an underlying purpose
- Lonely times do NOT mean you will remain in that ‘place of lonely’.
- Painful times do NOT mean healing hasn’t already begun
- Faithless times to NOT mean there is not faith, it may mean a different understanding of that faith is on its way
- Powerless times to NOT mean the perceived defeat is permanent
- Disappointing times do NOT mean all is lost
- Panic times do NOT mean chaos rules this world
- Sad times to NOT mean you are doomed to remain in pain and loss
“pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly, and if left unresolved you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.” Wm. P. Young
All these expressions of our humanity are just that, a part of our humanity. Jesus experienced them all and knows exactly what we are walking through. He had just walked through the most difficult days of His earthly life and experienced all these feelings. EVEN WHEN He ‘may not’ have seen hope, or heard the voice of His father, He still called out to Him. Even when in is ‘humanity’ He may have been blinded by the darkness of this world, He still knew His identity. Even when He ‘may have’ forgotten the promise, His Father and the Holy Spirit were not absent.
Isaiah 55:8The Message (MSG)
8-11 “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.
What happens to you when the despair and darkness comes your way? Do you run to ‘happy religious’ people touting ‘joy only’ God? Or do you run to those who have experienced similar pain and will just hold you and love you?
King David was the BEST example of a man who ‘felt’ much and exploded all of his feelings into words of venting and hope. Be sure to read the verse of the day AND watch the video of the day today, you will find comfort and encouragement in them.
Questions for the Day:
- Do you ever wonder if your need to tell everyone God spoke to you has nothing to do with God at all?
- Do you have a trusted person you can share pain with, and not feel judged?
- Are YOU that kind of friend to someone else?
- Pain is not the final answer, do you believe this?
- Are your eyes open to recognize others in pain, who need a comforting arm around them?
VERSE FOR THE DAY
Psalm 42 (NLT)
1 As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. 2 I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? 3 Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” 4 My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! 5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and 6 my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you— even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar. 7 I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me. 8 But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. 9 “O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” 10 Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?” 11 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!
VIDEO FOR THE DAY
Blessings – Laura Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQan9L3yXjc
Heavenly Father, sometimes I have no idea what to pray. You seem so distant and quiet. I’m frustrated! Something deep within me still tells me you are there, but I can’t perceive or feel you. Hear my prayer.