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WHEN YOU ARE IN PAIN (PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL)

Suppress this thought. Think only of what is pure, lovely and so on. Cast your thoughts on up above. Don’t worry. Ignore your emotional pain just hand it to God.

Ignore your emotional pain. We can’t handle it. We feel uncomfortable. We push it away because we don’t know how to handle discomfort.

In society, out there in the world, there is a tendency to shut down people in emotional pain.

In the same way, within churches there is a tendency to shut down people in emotional pain.

I have lost count of the times I have been personally told and seen others told to “hand it over to the Lord” … and then forget about it. 

If only it were that easy.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SHOW ABOUT LIVING WITH PAIN?

But reading the Psalms tell a different story.

David honestly and openly told God about his misery, about feeling abandoned, about being tired of fighting all the time.

Yes, David also acknowledged his faith in God, but he didn’t hold back from expressing the negative things he was feeling as well.

WHAT DID GOD DO TO DAVID WHEN HE COMPLAINED?

God never struck David down for being negative and upset.

Instead God comforted him.

God saw David as being a man of faith. A man who He gave the eternal throne on which the Messiah would sit.

GOD DOES NOT CONDEMN OR SHUT DOWN OUR PAIN

There is a strong message here.

God does not condemn us for being miserable. He does not condemn us for being in pain.

God wants our honesty. He knows how we are feeling anyway. But being honest with Him allows an open discussion with Him about what is hurting us. 

He won’t always intervene to make things easier. Well, He does, but in His time which may be years from now.

God will give us comfort and sometimes He will send a messenger to give us a word of encouragement.

Sure, don’t wallow in misery, discussing this with God is proactive, not stationary. You are allowed to be miserable and to seek comfort and guidance.

THE ANSWER TO MISERY

The answer to misery is not to pretend everything is okay. It is to be able to sit with the pain and then walk with God as He guides you where to go next. 

If sitting with the pain is something that takes months to move on from, then so be it. God knows how long you need.

This is not to say you shouldn’t try to move on. But don’t whip yourself about now moving on in other people’s time frame. 

ELIJAH’S STORY

Remember 1 Kings 19 when Elijah had finished praying all day while the prophets of Baal tried to prove Baal was as great as God? At the end of that tense day Elijah then prayed again to God to light His altar. God did this despite the altar being soaked with water. This great moment of God’s glory wasn’t enough for Jezebel. Elizah ran to Jerusalem, running ahead of drought breaking rain. No doubt he was elated at God’s glory being so wonderfully shown.

But when he arrived at Jerusalem he heard that Jezebel was out to get him and kill him.

What a terrifying moment. 

Elijah was exhausted and overwhelmed at all that had happened in the previous 24 hours. He was only human. He loved God but he was exhausted.

WHAT ELIJAH DID NEXT

So Elijah ran. He felt a failure for running. He felt he was no better than his ancestors. He felt he had failed God. Despairing he fell asleep under a tree.

WHAT GOD DID

Some time later he was woken up by an angel sent by God who gave him food to eat.

Later he was woken up again by the angel. The angel again gave him food to eat, telling him that the journey was too much for him. What beautiful words of comfort and compassion!

When he had eaten he then travelled 40 days and nights until he reached the Mountain of God, Horeb.

There God rewarded him by bringing him into His presence. And He sent helpers to assist Elijah so he was never alone.

WHAT GOD DOES WITH OUR PAIN

Elijah’s story is one of a man who worked hard and with zeal for God. He found himself in a place of being physically and emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted.

God did not condemn him.

God did not tell him to hand it over to Him or think about only wonderful things.

God listened. God offered compassion. God acted.

GOD KNOWS WE ARE HUMAN

Never forget that God is fully aware of your humanness. 

He knows you can’t do it all.

He knows there are times when you are broken, overwhelmed and exhausted.

At those times He listens, is compassionate and acts in His way, in His time.

GOD WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR PAIN

Never be afraid to tell God how you are feeling. To ask Him to help you make sense of your jumbled thoughts. To help you.

He may help you with directed intervention. Or he may send someone across your path to comfort and help you. Or he may direct you to counselling. 

God’s help comes in many forms.

WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO … TODAY

Today, tell God what is really happening for you. Tell Him your pain, your disappointments, your hurts. Allow Him to listen and minister to you.

Allow God to be God.

 
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