When It Hurts

When It Hurts

I have some very good friends who are going through a challenging time right now.  Their reaction to this trial has been an inspiration to me.  My friends view the situation as a chance to draw nearer to God; to lean on Him with their whole weight.  I think this is exactly what He wants us to do.

Times of pain are a good time to remember the character of our Lord.  The Bible tells us this about God:

He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. – Psalm 147:3-5 (NKJV)

In the Bible we are also told about how Jesus handled trials.  Peter shares this description of Jesus in His time of suffering:

Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously - 1 Peter 2:22-23 (NKJV)

The reaction of my friends to hardship is perfectly aligned with God’s word.  They remind themselves that the Lord is great, He is mighty in power, and He loves them.  They also follow the example of Jesus – when they feel pain, they commit themselves more deeply to our Heavenly Father.

This is the pathway to the peace that passes all understanding.  What a sweet blessing God brings out of even our hardest times.   God is good!