Archive | November, 2012

The Broken Road

18 Nov

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Logically, we all know there is pain in this world. It’s all around us. If you live long enough, you will suffer deep loss; you will feel pain that feels impossible to walk through. However, when walking through it, logic brings no comfort. I know from my own journey, it is our very own path to walk. We have to walk it. When the pain is so beyond us to see our way through, He is there. I was not strong enough to see my way through my loss, I wasn’t strong but He was there. The Holy Spirit was ever near. In looking back, I can see Him, feel him right there. He is so present in my life at times. Mostly in the suffering.

I find the greatest misquote is “we may never know the reason”. There is scriptural promise of hard times and suffering. He will rescue you, bring friends to love you, a shelter for your storm. James 1 tells us to rejoice over our suffering. We are being called to Him.

James 1:12 (NIV) Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the victor’s crown, the life God has promised to those who love him.

Learning to lean into our troubled times, can actually become a peaceful way to live. God is so present because we are so aware of our need for Him. We hear Him, seek His comfort. We find Him and our faith,from sorrow and on our knees.

What about the rest of this broken journey?

This weekend, I became weak in my strongest of times. It happened and God showed me my faltering. Today, happy, in my joyful place, in church no less, Satan whispered, “its all bologna, its just for the weak”. I leaned over to tell my friend right away. It shook me up for a second. How interesting that I thought I had such a strong wall around me, a fortress and protection from Satan’s spiritual attacks. Now, that I am closest to Him, secure in Him, happy, my guard is down, I am so vulnerable to leaving that door open! I was reminded today the importance of continued growth, even in the good times. He gives us so much hope and instruction. The Bible is our manual to joy and peace. It gives clear promise of a hope for far more than we can imagine. It also teaches us, convicts us, directs us, instructs us, comforts us and speaks to our very own journey.

When we grieve, the book of Psalms is a beautiful collection of comfort. To walk in joy, we have all the other books. To grow, to guard our relationship with God, we must read them.

More reading:
A psalm of David.
1 O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. 2 Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. 3 The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead. 4 So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. 5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. 6 I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. “Selah” 7 Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. 8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. 9 Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. 10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 11 For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. 12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

1 Pet 2:19-23 A man does a fine thing when he endures pain, with a clear conscience towards God, though he knows he is suffering unjustly.

1 Pet 4:1 (NIV) Since Christ suffered physical pain you must arm yourselves with the same inner conviction that he had. To be free from sin means bodily suffering, and the man who accepts this will spend the rest of his time here on earth, not in being led by human desires, but in doing the will of God.