No matter how often we read the bible, we cannot immunize ourselves against pain and suffering.
It gives us hope, yes. But that hope doesn’t mean that we will never feel sad, it means that we will have the strength to carry on, even when times become hard.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of people paining the Christian life as something which is easy.
It’s not always going to be. There will be times when all you want to do is break down and cry.
When prayers seem to remain unanswered. When those around us are suffering, when we face hardship in our lives.
And do you know what, when these things happen it is okay to break down and cry.
You do not need to put on a brave face. To fake it until you make it. Because God’s heart breaks for all these things as well.
You have permission to feel sad. I am so sorry if you have ever been made to feel as if you are not able If you have ever been made to feel as if you are less of a Christian. That you are only sad because you are not praying hard enough or reading the bible long enough.
Yes we can find hope in knowing that Jesus is near, and that he does hear. But that doesn’t mean that the pain will go away immediately. Yes we do have hope, but that doesn’t mean the pain will go away immediately. Sometimes that can be a really hard thing to cling on to.
Because although you may not be able to find any joy in today , you can hold on tight in the knowledge that this sorrow will one day pass.
So if you need to, let those tears fall. Let them fall for the brokenness around you and for the impossibility of the situations that you face.
Because you cannot do this on your own, the only way that you can get through this is by crying out to Jesus.. He will hold you in his arms. There is no one better to have by your side.
3 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance. (Ecclesiates 3: 1-4)