I’ve been a Jesus-follower long enough to know that the Christian life ain’t all rainbows and sunshine. It’s a journey with mountain top experiences and their valleys below. And in those valleys, the struggle is real. Sometimes in long seasons of suffering, it can feel like God is silent and far away. And you find yourself wondering, Does He see? Does He even care?
I wrote this for a dear one of mine who has been suffering in the sea of adversity; drowning in wave upon insufferable wave. At times it seems unfair. Unjust. Undeserved. Left with a broken heart and a million unanswered questions.
In our darkest moments, it can feel like God has abandoned us. Or that He has turned a deaf ear to our prayers. Or that He isn’t moved by our tears. But just because we feel that way, does not mean it’s true.
Because He is there. He does see. And He deeply cares.
In every moment of great pain, struggle, or tragedy there lies an opportunity. The Christian life is a battle for perspective. The battle is not in your circumstances but within your mind.
In our darkest moments, we are vulnerable. We are at war though we may not even realize it. In every moment of great pain, struggle, or tragedy lies an opportunity. The enemy will waste no time in using this opportunity to harm and destroy you; to bombard you with lies about yourself and God that leave you confused, crushed, and in despair. But God wants to use your pain as an opportunity to give you clarity, strength, and surround you with His intimate love.
The Christian life is a battle for perspective; for Truth. When you suffer, you can choose to succumb to the lies or you can combat them with Truth. One will destroy you, the other will empower you. The battle is not in your circumstances but within your mind.
How you handle your pain will greatly impact your faith, character, and future. No matter what you face, God loves you deeply, He can be trusted, and He still has a good plan for your life even when everything around you is falling apart. So when you feel confused, when life doesn’t make sense, when you can’t reconcile God’s character with your circumstances, cling to His Truth. Your circumstances may change but God will always stay the same.
Last week when I sent these to my loved one, God ironically used them for me too. The next day I received deflating news about my health and began spiraling into an emotional tailspin. These 67 reminders served as a lifeline, providing peace in my circumstance.
I’ve included Scripture verses with these reminders because let’s be honest – it’s better to let God speak for Himself. Many of these reminders are promises to those who believe in Jesus and are Christ-followers.
I pray you can find a quiet moment this week to really meditate on these Truths from God’s Word. May they set your heart free and may you know beyond a shadow of a doubt how deep and wide God’s love is for you!
Looking for more posts on how to handle pain and suffering? Check out Pain with a Purpose, The Questions that Saved My Life, 1 Unique Way to Uncover Your Purpose, Why You Must Lose Your Leaves this Season, Timing is Everything, and The Message in the Mess.
God Cares…And This is What it Looks Like
Jesus wants to have a personal, intimate, tender, loving, gentle relationship with you! One full of patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, mercy and forgiveness.
7. God will take care of you and carry you all your life, even when you are old and grey (Is 46:3-4).
8. God intimately and personally created you with His own hands (Ps 139).
9. He values you (Luke 12:7)
10. He delights in you (Zeph 3:17).
13. He chose you. He wants you on His team (John 15:16)
15. You are His masterpiece (Eph 2:10).
19. He has really good plans in store for you – that are actually good and not to harm you (Jer 29:11).
20. He is always working on your behalf, both to give you the will and the power to do what’s right and follow Him (Phil 2:13).
21. He began a good work in you and will see to it that it is completed (Phil 1:6).
24. He hears you (Micah 7:7)
27. The responsibility to provide or make things work out is not your burden to bear. God wants you to come to Him and ask Him for what you need and want (John 14:13-14, Matt 7:7-8, Matt 18:19, Matt 21:22, Ja 4:1-3)
28. You don’t have to figure things out on your own. God wants you to come to Him and ask Him for wisdom – whether seemingly insignificant or for a life-altering decision – He will always generously give it! (James 1:5)
29. God is always truly good. He never deals with you in an evil, wrong, or harmful manner. He will never use and abuse you. He is the perfect, purest form of any good we see or experience here on earth. (Ps 27:13, 23:6, 31:19, 34:8, 65:4 100:5, Ja 1:17).
44. Your intimate Friend (John 15:15)
54. God loves you enough to discipline you when there is sin rooted in your heart in order to train you to be like Jesus (Heb 12)
God allows suffering in your life to….
57. To get rid of sin in your life (1 Peter 4:1-2)
60. When you suffer unjustly, it does not mean God is mad at you or punishing you or that you have somehow failed Him. On the contrary, if you suffer unfairly you are approved by God, being given the opportunity to be like Jesus, joining him in His sufferings (1 Pet 2:19-25)
But when you go through trials and suffering…
61. God will be with you (Is 43:2)
64. Deliver you (Ps 34:19)
65. Comfort you (2 Cor 1:3-7)
You can know, believe, and be convinced that what God says about you is TRUE. Anything contrary to His Word about you is a lie from the enemy and the world.
I did not speak in secret…I did not say “seek me” in vain. I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right. Isaiah 45:19
So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold fast to the hope set before us. Heb 6:18
Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Heb 13:8