Sometimes, life gets tough. Sometimes it cuts to the core and can seem overwhelming. We sometimes need to work through worry, anger, disappointment and grief.
Fortunately, as Christians, we know that these are things we don’t have to face alone. Our Heavenly Father is right there with open arms. He WANTS to take our worries, anger, disappointment and grief!
Please don’t misunderstand me. There are times that we all feel these things and I believe that’s just a normal human reaction. The problem develops when it takes over our lives and we can’t get passed it. It steals our joy, our hope, and even our faith.
Turn to our Father and let him lift the burden from our shoulders and our hearts. You can feel His arms around you and the wonderful comfort He brings.
Philippians 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Loss. Trauma. Disappointment.
We all go through hardships in life…situations that take us by surprise…circumstances that attempt to keep us awake at night with worry, heartache, or despair.
A natural disaster. An unforeseen betrayal. A sudden illness. Finding out your spouse has been unfaithful and/or wants a divorce. A horrible car accident. Job loss. Loss of a home. Marital and family problems. Extended family and in-law difficulties and conflicts. Blended family challenges. A child’s rebellion. Mental illness (yourself or a loved one). Divorce. Life struggles, difficulties, and PTSD from serving in the military. Assault. Abuse. Rejection. Financial devastation. Disabilities. Keeping your head above water as life tries to drown you.
The list of losses can go on and on…and even though they can be numerous, EACH situation is extremely painful to the one who is going through a heart-shattering situation at the present moment. Sometimes the heartache from a past loss is so deep, that years later, life is still an ongoing struggle.
How can God bring healing in the midst of loss, trauma, and disappointment? What about after the loss? What about when the event has passed…but you are still struggling with the shattered remnants of the aftermath? Can God truly bring healing and restore a person’s peace and joy? What if your situation never changes? Can you still find the peace and joy and the ability to live a good life you so desperately crave?
Life can be incredibly painful but God is the final authority in and over our lives. He has the ability to work mightily in our lives…no matter the situation.
The bad news is: there is an enemy who has stolen from you, killed your peace, joy, and life, and attempted to destroy your hope and faith. The good news is: there is a loving God who wants to not only give you life…and bring you back to fully living life…but to also give you life abundantly. The deeper you dive into finding God’s heart and purpose, the greater He brings His ultimate good to the surface in your life. Seek God’s heart through every trauma, disappointment, and loss you face.
1 John 4:4 “Dear children, you belong to God. You have not accepted the teachings of the false prophets. That’s because the One who is in you is more powerful than the one who is in the world.”
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so they can have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way.”