Bandaging Our Wounds

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. -Psalm 147:3 (NIV)

When we are injured, our instinctive response is to cry out in pain. But though this response is to inform us that we are in pain, it also serves a distress call. Imagine if we were walking through a remote area and suddenly found ourselves on the ground in pain. Yet we were unable to cry out, thereby preventing anyone within audible range to take note of our predicament and come to our aid. That is why God has given us not only the blessing of pain to tell us that something is wrong, but the ability to cry out when we are wounded. When help finally comes, what a relief it is as people concerned about our welfare tend to us seeking to bring restoration and healing!

Life comes with both its joys and sorrows. When those moments of agony strike, where do we turn to when we feel shattered and broken? Often when we cry out for help in our despair, it seems that no one is listening, and those which do seem to never truly understand our misery. Tired of the indifference we face and half-hearted remedies we get, we wonder if there is anyone out there who can help us. But the wonderful truth is that there is! God knows our suffering and He knows the struggles and hardships we endure. It grieves Him to see us be slaves to such conditions. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ. He came to restore humanity and free us from our afflictions. When we have allowed Christ’s Spirit to dwell within us, He will bring life and healing to our souls. Through Him we will be able to partake in the hope of knowing that in Christ we have victory for He is faithful and greater than our circumstances. Nothing will be able to stop His perfect will for our lives and in His promises we will be able to find a lasting joy and peace that will sustain us despite all that we may undergo.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

All Things Will Be Restored

“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” -Luke 6:21 (NIV)

There are times when circumstances seem as if they are nothing short of bleak. We look back on our hopes and dreams and compare them with our present realities. Perhaps we have not made it to the point where we would like to be in our lives. Maybe situations have come along our path, and these have pulled us into the depths of despair and sadness. In times like these it is hard to laugh or to find joy. It may even seem impossible to do so when all around us we see failure and misery. We cry out saying it is all hopeless. Those cherished times of celebration and merriment seem to be distant memories we cannot reclaim, and sorrow appears to be our only friend.

But there is hope! A hope that will never fade, and can never be taken away. It is not within the will of God that our suffering be permanent. Indeed it was never a part of His plan in the first place. This world is a fallen place, caused by man’s deliberate choice to forsake Him. Yet despite this, God has not forsaken us. He is the restorer of all things and desires that we be brought back into relationship with Him. When we have allowed the Spirit of Christ to enter our hearts and have submitted every area of our lives to His redeeming work, we will be able to take assurance in the fact that He cares for all who call upon His name. We will find laughter again and find fulfillment knowing that in Christ we have victory over whatever may come our way. God is able to use our sufferings and sorrows to fulfill His perfect will, and He will do so with gladness when we choose to trust in Him and allow ourselves to be guided by His hands.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Peace in the Storm

“You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.” -Psalm 89:9 (NIV)

Having a restless spirit is not a pleasant thing to be in possession of. When fear and anxiety grip our minds, we feel as if we are in a perpetual storm. A variety of things can trigger the emergence of this in our lives. Circumstances, people, disappointments, all these things can bring a dark cloud over our minds and bind us to despair. Though we yearn for peace and seek to find it, it always seems to elude us. No matter where we turn, our human sources fail to provide the serenity we long for. In our frustration we give up searching; allowing the storms of life to govern us and rob us of our joy under the false notion that peace is not something that we are meant to obtain.

We were not designed to handle worry and sorrow. That is why we are so eager to find relief from the anguish that torments us; looking for that strong foundation on which we can stand upon and find rest. But if our search is leading us to find solace and comfort in the impermanent things of this world, we will only find disappointment when we see that our troubled spirit still remains. Only through Christ, who has overcome the world and the suffering inherent in it, will we find the unshakable peace that we seek. Man was meant to live in a relationship with God under His love and faithful provision. When we have personally accepted Christ’s redemptive sacrifice for our sins and have allowed His Spirit to reside in our hearts, He will fill us with His peace if we choose to take hold of it. The same God who has the power to control the storm is the same God who will put to rest our fears if we simply choose to submit all our cares and worries to Him. We will find true and lasting peace when we cling to Him knowing that He is greater than our sufferings and will restore us according to His perfect will for our lives.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.