When we seek God our hearts should open and our hands empty so that we are able to humbly cleave to the foot of the cross. Conversely, something amazing occurs when we’ve reached our wits-end or have hit rock bottom; the cross reminds us that God understands, He cares, and He is already turning things around for our good. As you know, God is omniscient, knowing all things, and He joins us as the Rock, the Chief Cornerstone, at the depths and in the center of our despondency. God knows first hand what pain is. David said in Psalm 56:8, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” While being pursued by his enemies, David had the wisdom to write these words. Jesus also empathizes with our pain as Hebrews 4:15-16 reminds us that, “We do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses [pain], but we have One who was been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence [humility], so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Humility precedes honors much like His crucifixion preceded His resurrection. In Isaiah 43:26, the Prophet reminded us ‘to keep God in remembrance of His promises. That we are not to keep silent and to keep on asking until whatever we are asking from God comes to fruition’. Beloved of God, please hear me: if you are experiencing pain today please know that you have a God that cares for you and Jesus knows your pain. Your situation may seem impossible, but God makes the impossible, possible. No word from God will ever fail nor return empty (Luke 1:37). There will be a day when pain, mourning, and crying will be permanently defeated (Revelation 21:4). Let us then, brothers and sisters, operate in hope and complete faith in anticipation of that day.
Pray with me:
Father God, I surrender to Your plans, purposes, and will for my life. As I cleave to the foot of the cross and praise You despite the pain, I am reminded that Your grace and mercy, are afresh and anew daily. I refuse to stay in the depth of despair and I choose to walk in the light of Your victory!! In Jesus’ name, we pray and grip we stay…Amen!