Charles Spurgeon once said, “Hearts are broken through disappointment. Hearts are broken through bereavement. Hearts are broken in ten thousand ways, for this is a heart-breaking world….” Living in a fallen world means we all will experience the wounds of pain and sorrow. And as with any injury, we need the healing of a good physician. Jesus is our great Physician. For His is a medicine that can heal even the gravest of wounds. Through His wisdom He guides us through the pain. With His strength He carries us through our weakness. And with His great love, He mends all that ails us. The Father of mercies and God of all comfort, (2 Cor. 1:3-4) promises to give aid to all of His hurting children. So give your pain to the Lord. For as Spurgeon continues, “Christ is good at healing all manner of heartbreaks”
The older I get, the more I long for my promised glorified body. One that no longer knows sickness, pain, and decay. A perfect body clothed in a beautiful white garment provided by my Lord. And one which no longer sins against God or carries the shame of my failures. But until that day, while I wait for that glorious transformation, the apostle Paul tells me I am to walk by faith and not sight. But what exactly does this mean? It means living a life of faith, glorifying God in all I do. And courageously making all of my decisions not based on what the world says, but what the Bible says. Walking by faith means that no matter the circumstance, I will obey God, trust in Him alone, and the guiding of His Holy Spirit. And even though my earthly body will grow frail, never will my love for the Lord!
Some people mistakenly believe that being a Christian gives you a “get out of jail free card” when it comes to the trials of life. But adversity is a result of living in a fallen world. And believers aren’t immune from the pain of suffering. Especially when trying to fulfill our duty to do the right thing. But we can find comfort in knowing God uses all things for our good. He may use our faith during hardships as a beacon pointing others to Jesus. God may use our struggles for His glory. Or, as is often the case, He may use our suffering to deepen our relationship with Him. But no matter the reason for our trial, we need to keep being obedient to the Lord. Keep doing the right thing. Because trusting God in all things, even when difficult times comes, always results in great blessings!
There’s nothing more painful than being betrayed by someone you hold dear. King David knew this well. Betrayed by one of his dearest friends, his heart was broken and his soul weary. David faced threats from all sides, enemies constantly wanting his destruction, and not knowing who would turn on him next. Too much for any one man to deal with on his own. No wonder he cried out in deep despair. But because the One he cried out to was the Lord, David found the strength to overcome every painful circumstance. To cast our cares on God means laying at His feet every problem, hurt, and disappointment. To trust in His promises and provisions, and letting Him fight our fight. No matter what this world throws at us we needn’t worry nor fear. Because God promises to never let the righteous be shaken!
I wish I could tell you there was a magic pill, a fool proof therapy, or a sure fire yoga pose to combat fear and anxiety. But there’s not. Because nothing this world offers can truly ease our weary hearts. No, the true soul resting peace that we crave only comes from the Lord. I myself struggle with PTSD stemming from a childhood tragedy. And some days the battle for peace seems impossible to win. But because of my relationship with Jesus Christ, I don’t fight it alone. It’s a war I wage together with Him. The moment I feel the fear start to creep in, I cry out to my Lord. I share with Him every thought and feeling. And I remember His promise that tells me if my fears never come to pass, or if my greatest dread is realized, Jesus is there. And my heart need never be troubled or afraid.
Family Of Josh Duggar Speaks Out After He Is Sentenced To Over 12 Years In Prison
Family members are speaking out after Josh Duggar, star of “19 Kids And Counting”, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison on charges of possession of child pornography. Duggar’s brother, Jason Duggar, called the decision “fair.” Duggar’s sister, Jill Dillard, and her husband said, “The last several weeks and months have been difficult emotionally. We are neither rejoicing nor disappointed by the sentence, but we are thankful it’s finally over.” Duggar was arrested in April 2021 after a Little Rock Police Department detective found child pornography files on a computer traced to Duggar. Read more about the sentence here.
Pastor Tony Evans Says U.S. Is Facing God’s Judgement Because Christians Are Cultural Not Biblical
God is judging America. According to pastor and bestselling author Tony Evans, moral and societal issues are worsening across the United States because Christians are becoming more “cultural” than “biblical,” and the country is facing God’s judgment as a result. “Our identity is to be rooted in the Imago Dei, in the image of God. But we’ve gotten so ingrained in the thinking of the culture, that we wind up being parakeets to what the society is saying, rather than taking a solid, loving but clear stance on what God is saying,” said Evans. He continued, “I think one of the things we’re facing now is the judgment on America because the failure of the Church to be the people of God that represents His Kingdom more than we represent the nation,” Read more of his thoughts here.
Two Million Dollar Tabernacle Stolen And Angel beheaded In New York Catholic Church
Police say someone has broken into the altar at a New York City church, stole a $2m gold relic and removed the head from a statue of an angel. The robbery occurred at St Augustine’s Roman Catholic church, known as the “Notre Dame” of Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. The church was closed for construction at the time. Camera recordings from the church’s security system were also stolen, the church’s pastor said. The diocese of Brooklyn called it “a brazen crime of disrespect and hate. A thief or thieves cut through a metal protective casing, apparently with a specialist saw, and made off with a tabernacle dating to the church’s opening in the 1890s. Read more about the theft here.
Pro-life Group To Counter Abortion Activists “Summer of Rage” With “Summer of Service”
A pro-life organization is gearing up for a “summer of service” to counter threats of a “summer of rage” by pro-abortion activists as the U.S. Supreme Court decides if it will overturn Roe v. Wade. Kristan Hawkins, the President of Students for Life of America (SFLA), says that her pro-life organization plans to counter the threat of violence with acts of service. Earlier this year, SFLA relaunched the program “Standing with You,” which helps pregnant women find resources and support on school campuses. It has also launched its “Abortion Free Cities” campaign in 22 U.S. cities. The campaign aims to spread awareness of pregnancy resources. SFLA is also introducing a digital and physical pledge program titled “Standing with Her Summer,” which will be distributed online. The program encourages people to pledge that they will support women dealing with unexpected pregnancies. Read more about the organization here.
Do you ever get weary of watching the wicked prosper? Asaph was one of David’s worship leaders in the tabernacle choir. He too couldn’t understand why God let people not only practice evil, but be rewarded by it. But God’s ways are not ours, and regardless of his wondering, Asaph still put his faith in the Lord. For he knew that as long as God was his portion, no matter the actions of the wicked, he had all he needed. To have God as our portion means making Him the source of our happiness and strength. And to be humbled, joyful, and content with all God blesses us with. Evil may swirl around us, but nothing is out of the Creator’s control. And His power is perfected in our weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9,10) So if we keep our hearts and mind focused on Him, we can be assured that God will never fail us!
Sometimes it seems life has a way of kicking us when we’re down. And just when we think we can’t get any lower, we get kicked again. But in His great love, Jesus offers rest for our souls, and to share in the carrying of our burdens. For His yoke is easy and His burden light. A yoke is a wooden beam normally used between a pair of animals, to enable them to pull together when carrying a load. What a beautiful image of the perfect partnership. Jesus, is our perfect Partner. When our hearts are weary, He offers to work shoulder to shoulder with us and help to carry our load. There is no better place to be then partnered with the Lord, trusting Him to set the direction and pace for our lives. For as Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”