He Knows Our Pain
A friend of my daughters, who I love, told me that she thought I was one of the sweetest people she knew (I laughed too) but she had noticed something else about me. Uh-oh! She said I watched you tonight and you are protective of your girls. Yep!! She had overheard a conversation between Ivey and I. I was reminded of the country song, “More Hearts Than Mine” by Ingrid Andress. “So if I bring you home to mama I guess I'd better warn ya. She falls in love a little faster than I do….Oh, if we break up, I'll be fine But you'll be breaking more hearts than mine...If I bring you home to mama I guess I'd better warn ya She feels every heartache I go through…” My girls will never know, until they have a daughter, how I hurt when they hurt! I am protective of my girls, my husband and my momma!
I believe God hurts when we hurt! The psalmist said in Psalm 103: 13-14, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” We can have strength in knowing that God is suffering with us. Hebrews 4: 15-16, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has 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, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” I believe God has always hurt when His people hurt but He did so in a tangible way when He was born in Bethlehem. He experienced the ultimate pain for us.
Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Not only is God close to us, He keeps track of our sorrows. Psalm 56:8, “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll— are they not in your record?” Next time you feel like nobody could relate to your pain, no one could understand why we feel like we do remember that is a lie. Jesus knows our pain and will help us be triumphant. God is always there. Deuteronomy 31: 6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The Good News in Revelation 21: 4 is, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”