“I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” Revelation 2:9
Before someone tells us what to do, we want to know they understand what we’re facing.
I’ve had the opposite experience a handful of times, and I must admit, I didn’t handle it well. I may have smiled and thanked the person for their well-meaning advice, but inside I thought, “Really?! You have no idea what you’re saying or what I’m going through!”
When you face tribulation and poverty, do you believe God knows? Do you believe He understands? Often, we reject the hope and guidance of God, because we believe it is disconnected from our circumstances. We think we’re going through something unprecedentedly difficult. When we believe that lie, it isolates us from hope.
God experienced pain. He took on flesh and dwelt among us. He was rejected, insulted, homeless, hungry, and hung on a cross. God sees your pain, God understands pain, but that’s not the end of the story. His pain has made us rich! He paid our debt of sin that we might have life eternal in Him. He didn’t just identify; He justified and sanctified. Now we have hope in Him.
Jesus, thank You for knowing and understanding my pain. Give me the faith and strength to entrust it to You. Free me from isolation, and lead me into community that will speak grace and truth, that I might know newness of life in You. Amen.
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