I hope and pray this message finds you and your family safe and well as we all continue to weather the storms of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As we remain hunkered down in our bunker, my wife and I just finished watching several online church services with great and timely messages given by pastors we have come to personally know and love. The worship music was also awesome and very uplifting, just what we needed!
One message in particular seemed very fitting for the times we find ourselves in right now. The theme of the message was “Learning to see better in the dark, or in the dark times in our lives.”
Today is Palm Sunday. It is the day Christians around the world celebrate the day Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem to face His enemies who were preparing to arrest Him and ultimately crucify Him for crimes He never committed.
He knew very well the painful future He was heading toward, and He knew very well how excruciating the pain would be until He took His last breath. Nevertheless, He kept obediently moving toward that dreadful end rather than running from it. “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Luke 22:42 – NLT)
In our pain, whatever it may be, the lens of faith can get out of focus. In our pain, we can find it very difficult to focus on much of anything else but our pain! And unfortunately, that can lead to a myriad of other problems if left unchecked.
Here are four points we should all try to remember when it comes to dealing with pain and the dark times in our lives:
- Pain has the potential to push us closer to God. A couple of great ways to start drawing closer to God are committing to daily prayer and reading the Bible.
- Pain has the potential to point out changes we may need to make. Whether it is physical pain, financial pain, marital pain, or anything else, we have to seriously ask the hard question, “What do I personally have to do to help resolve this pain in my life?”
- Pain has the potential to be the greatest platform God may use to impact someone else’s life. Many years ago, before becoming a Christian, my gambling habit led to serious financial pain in our household. Once I was delivered from my gambling habit, I used that experience to help many other individuals and families work their way out of the painful reality of debt and the mismanagement of their finances.
- God has the power to change our perspective in the midst of our pain. We live in a fallen imperfect world, therefore no matter how hard we try to run or hide from pain, some painful event will always catch up with us sooner or later! It’s how we ultimately deal with it that counts. Will we include God in the process of working through it, or not? “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12 – NIV)
Dark days in our lives and pain usually go hand-in-hand. My prayer is, today, you will make Jesus Christ the Light of your life. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2Corinthians 5:17 – NLT)
Do what you can to address the pain in your life, and let God do the rest. And, may the peace of God that surpasses all understanding be with you and yours always.
See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!