There are so many who are hurting for so many reasons these days. Maybe that’s why so many worship songs today are about how good God is and how much He loves you and me. We read in Jn.11 about Mary and Martha hurting and mourning because their beloved brother Lazarus had just died. Verse 30 tells us that before Jesus entered the village, Martha came to meet him and that was followed by Mary. They were mourning but yet when they heard that Jesus had come, they left their home where Lazarus was and went to meet Jesus outside the village! Whether they knew that Jesus was headed for their home or not, their leaving Lazarus unattended, which was against Jewish tradition, and going out to meet Jesus demonstrated faith that Jesus would do something good, in particular raise Lazarus from the dead. And Jesus was also emotionally moved by the death of Lazarus, wept, even though He was going to resurrect Lazarus shortly demonstrating the compassion of Jesus for them who were hurting and mourning. When we are feeling hurt, we must remember at the same time that our Lord knows our pain and identifies with us. Even though He is going to do something about our situation, yet He is still moved in His heart when He sees our suffering. Jesus will always do something about our pain because He loves us. What He does may be exactly what we want Him to do, but sometimes it may be different. What’s important is that we trust Him with our whole heart knowing that “sometimes God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves” (Steve Estes). Let me end with the chorus of the song, Trust His Heart by Newsong, I shared recently on my FB timeline. “God is too wise to be mistaken, God is too good to be unkind. And when you don’t understand, when you can’t see His plan, when you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart!” As God’s people, we should learn to go beyond our immediate circumstances, look up to the God of hope and know that He is still in control, that He is still sitting on the throne. That’s how we can live victorious lives in spite of what the enemy throws our way.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” 2Cor.4:7-10