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Comfort for those in Distress

“But those who suffer He delivers in their suffering; He speaks to them in their affliction.  He is wooing you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction…” -Job 36:15-16

This is for all of you who suffer from heartbreak, sorrow, distress, misfortune, and all the other painful things life brings. These are the things that cut our hearts the deepest and leave their impressions on us for the rest of our lives.  We ask, “Why did God let this happen to me?” and “How will I ever be able to go about my life like normal again?”  We see the broken, bruised pieces of our hearts and try to shove them back together again.  Whenever the pain comes back we yell, “Just heal already!  Get over it!  You are making a big deal out of nothing.”  As if we could heal our own hearts.  I hate to break it to you, but we can’t heal our own hearts.  Only God can.  So the big question is, why does He allow this pain in our lives?  What if we are innocent like Job, yet all this pain and suffering comes our way?  What many Christians will come to realize is that the biggest turning points in their relationship with God is usually during the most painful periods of their lives.  That is when you realize that you need something strong to hold on to, or else you will shatter into a million pieces.  You suddenly realize all the things you put your faith and trust in you can’t depend on after all.  Everything in life suddenly becomes a blur and you can’t find meaning and purpose anymore.  You thought you had your life under control, and all the sudden your worst nightmares are coming around.  Sometimes we need to be broken in order to realize how much we need God, how important it is for us to be deeply rooted in Him.  When life is good, we easily forget the importance of the Solid Rock in our lives.  But when all hell breaks loose, that is by far the best reality check for us.  He is teaching us to grow and dwell in Him, so that we can have a closer relationship with Him.  We shouldn’t be growing numb to Him!  When we are in distress He will “Woo you from the jaws of distress to a spacious place free from restriction…”  Sometimes growing closer to God is a painful process, but it is absolutely worth the pain, because God’s love is better than life.

For You have been a defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of the ruthless Is like a rain storm against a wall.-Isaiah 25:4

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?-Romans 8:35

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” -James 1:2-3

“Lord my God, I called to You for help, and you healed me.”-Psalm 30:2

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The Faith that Heals

“So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around Him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.”-Mark 5:24-29

Can I just say I really think this passage powerful.  I chose to share this passage because in many ways, I can relate to this woman. And believe it or not, I bet a lot of you can relate also.  Through personal experience and from hearing other people’s stories, I realized there is a lot of suffering in the world. Actually, that fact is pretty much a no brainer.  There are the obvious ones, usually physical, that come to my mind. There is homelessness, addictions, abuse, starvation, and so on.   I can see that some people in the world are doing all they can to help pull people out of these situations, whether it be someone in another country or whether it be a loved one.   But a lot of times what we do not realize ourselves is that we too are suffering, even the people who seem to have perfect lives. There too many people suffering from depression, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, anger, and so on. These things have the power to get so big that they consume our lives. We try everything we can to get rid of these things, because we KNOW they cause us suffering and pain. We try exercising, meditating, focusing on our goals, even medication.  We do all we can to free ourselves from our suffering. And here is the problem, it isn’t working. And sometimes these “cures” may help temporarily (just like money), but the suffering always comes back around. Another issue is how can we help pull others out of suffering when we can’t even pull ourselves out of our own suffering?

“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” His disciples answered, “and yet you can ask,’Who touched me?’” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at His feet and, trembling with fear, told Him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”- Mark 5:30-34

This part made me want to cry my eyes out.  What was the cure for this woman’s suffering?  It wasn’t good works, money, or medication.  It was her faith in Jesus.  All those twelve years she had been putting her faith into the wrong things.  She was so desperate that she didn’t even wait to ask Jesus to heal her, she just went to Him and had the faith that if she just touched His clothes, she would be healed.  And guess what?  She was FREED from her suffering.  If we just have faith that Jesus is who He said He is, the Son of God, and we put our trust in Him and give Him our everything, how much suffering and bondage will we be freed from.  Praise God, because in Christ we have found the ultimate cure.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” -John 8:36

“‘He Himself bore our sins’ in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.”-1 Peter 2:24

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s”.-Psalm 103:2-5

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”-Matthew 11:28-30

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