1 Peter 5:6-7, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, 2 Kings 12:21-23, God Who Knows My Pain, God's Comfort, Grief, Isaiah 9:6, John 11:24-27, Matthew 11:28-30, Revelation 3:20, Romans 5:1-2, Sorrow and Pain, The Healer of Broken Hearts, Trusting to HIS care
Bible Ballistics: Vol. 18 No. 14 The God Who Knows My Pain???
It’s been an unusual season for me lately, for having lost my only daughter just over two years ago, it seems like an inordinate number of my friends have lost children of late; and while they have been grown children, that really doesn’t lessen the pain. So, I’d like to take today’s time and share some of the things that I have learned about the faithfulness of God and the need in the human heart for the touch of that faithful God for healing, comfort, and restoration.
I had some other things that I wanted to share this evening, but I feel compelled to simply repost an article that I wrote just over 2 years ago, in deep pain and sorrow. And I’ll tell you that I told God I couldn’t do it. In fact, as those of you who follow this blog know, I usually write on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and my daughter died on Thursday 6 days before Charismas in 2019, and I told my husband on our way home from the events of that awful day, that I just couldn’t write the next morning, and he told me to just do what I was up to. Well, God had different plans, as I slept that night, God would wake me up, give me a scripture which I’d note on my phone. Go back to sleep and He would wake me again with another scripture. Well, this went on most of the night and when I got up on that Friday morning, I said, “God I can’t do this! My heart is breaking!” And God spoke so clearly to my heart, “Yes, you can! YOU have hope—others do not!” I got up and wrote the following “Word” from God. I thank HIM for HIS faithfulness and for the privilege of sharing the HOPE of Jesus with those who might hear from this broken heart. May it touch those of you who are aching with this same sorrow today. God loves you, He loves me, and HE will strengthen those who will lean on HIM. Praying for each of you.
“Bible Ballistics: BBs #612 Because HE Lives—I Can Walk On!!!
Christmas is many things to many people—some are filled with glee and joy, others think deeply on the meaning of the coming of This Newborn King, still others have difficult circumstances or memories that invade their celebration. But I’m here to let you know that regardless of what is going on around you/me, whether for us or against us, GOD is still GOD, and we can trust HIM. I’m writing an article that I never expected to write, but it is one that I am compelled to write. I lost my only daughter under most tragic circumstances yesterday, and my heart is breaking but I must share, for all who also have broken hearts, not just at Christmas time but anytime, that GOD IS ABLE!
As Jesus told a grieving Martha and Mary, HE is still reminding us today that He has the final word—in fact HE IS THE WORD!
“Martha saith unto him,
I know that he shall rise again
in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her,
and the life:
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead,
yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth
and believeth in me
shall never die.
Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him,
Yea, Lord: I believe
that thou art the Christ,
the Son of God,
which should come into the world.” John 11:24-27
It is totally because HE not only lived a perfect, sinless life, died a substitutionary, atoning sacrificial death, but my friends, HE AROSE! And because HE lives—I can live another day; my daughter who had given her heart to him years ago is in HIS arms today! While our hearts are breaking, my heart is, at the very same time, full of gratitude for a Redeemer who loves me, and HE loves you—no matter the heartache that you may be experiencing today—whether new or old. Like David I can rejoice in the truth of God’s incredible sovereignty!
“Then said his servants unto him,
What thing is this that thou hast done?
thou didst fast and weep for the child,
while it was alive;
but when the child was dead,
thou didst rise and eat bread.
22 And he said,
While the child was yet alive,
for I said, Who can tell
whether GOD will
be gracious to me,
that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead,
wherefore should I fast?
can I bring him back again?
I shall go to him,
but he shall not return to me.” 2 Kings 12:21-23
As the old song says, “We shall behold HIM…” (Written by Dottie Rambo). My eyes are filled with tears, but my confidence is fully in my Lord Jesus Christ and His promise that He is coming for me (and you who have come to Him in repentance and faith)!
At this precious Christmas time, I rejoice in the truth that God keeps HIS promises!
“For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given:
and the government
shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Jesus IS the source of the peace that I feel right now, and I pray that you will rest in that peace yourself. I if you don’t know Him, you can!
I stand at the door,
if any man hear my voice,
and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him,
and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
Jesus came to be our sacrifice and coming to Him gives us not only the “peace of God” but also “peace with God”.
“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access
into this grace
wherein we stand,
in hope of the glory
of God.” Romans 5:1-2
I don’t know why the events of yesterday took my loved one, but I do know that the God who does know, loves my daughter, He loves me, and HE has a plan that I am resting in, even in the pain of my heart, and through the tears in my eyes. And I’ll simply leave you with some passages of confidence and assurance in this ONE who gave Himself for you and me.
“Therefore we are always confident,
knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body,
we are absent from the Lord:
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are confident, I say,
and willing rather
to be absent from the body,
and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
And as Peter reminds us:
“Humble yourselves therefore
under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you
in due time:
7 Casting all your care
for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
And Jesus word for each of us:
“Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30”
Amen & Amen!!!