In life we often become overwhelmed by our circumstances. The times when our stressors are the greatest is often when personal tragedies occur. In these moments, we are at our weakest and whether we realize it or not; this is when the world sees who we truly are.
Our walls that we have built around our heart are all broken down…
Our tough personas are ripped off revealing our fragile soul…
Our words are not eloquent yet passionate and to the point…
We have no time nor the energy to hide our pain…
Our survival is moment by moment, breath by breath, and one step at a time…
Our support systems begin to fail ranging from work, health, family, and friends…
Our cumulative resources of tactical precision fail us, our hands shake, and our voice trembles…
In these moments, all that we have to hold on to is our faith.
Many of us have lost friends, loved ones, our health, and all of our material possessions. We then look up only because they have been knocked flat on their back with no lower place to sink.
And then in the final moments when the darkness is closing in, we lift our hands in our brokenness and pray. Then something happens:
“Before they call, I will answer. While they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)
An unexpected phone call…
A surprise letter in the mail…
A visit from a friend…
The words of a song rings true..
“Our world’s not falling apart, its falling into place”
How can this be? How can one find hope at the end of their rope?
Take a look back for a moment and remember the times when the mere presence of someone brought comfort to our lives.
Did they provide the answer to our problems?
In a way, they provided an answer to our hurting heart. They provided the gift of their presence. They showed up, they called & listened, and the mere act of another being there brought tremendous comfort to our world.
Whether we recognize it or not, God is at work in spite of all of our circumstances. A painful truth to grasp is this “God doesn’t always rescue us from our difficulties; but we can rest assured that He walks with us through them” (Alex Himaya).
God is present in our lives and His presence is greater than any problem that we may ever face.
So when crisis strikes, when anxiety overtakes us, and our world is burning down around us what do we do?
We stand not because of our own strength but because when we were knocked down it was to our knees. We prayed to the source of our strength and we remember the promises of God:
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 1:20-22).
Did you hear that?
No matter what, God will answer and be faithful to His promises that “He will never leave nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
We are His, we are marked with a seal that says “I belong to Jesus so back off Satan.” And He hears us! “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer (Psalm 17:6).
Dear friends, we have the answers before us. They are the promises of God. He has made it plain in Jesus Christ that He so loves us and wants a relationship with us that He sent his Son to die on a cross so that we may be saved.
If that relationship is that important, that God Himself showed up on earth so that we may see and know Him; are not we to be the hands and feet of Christ to a hurting world?
Are we willing to show up and care when no one else will?
Are we willing to sacrifice our schedules, our pride, and be vulnerable to another so that they may be comforted with the hope that we have within us?
For we have received this comfort in our lives through Christ and those that love Him; thus we should not refuse to share such a gift with others. We should remember:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
So when the world attacks, repeat the promises of God aloud and remind Satan that he has lost.
When our friends are hurting, our family has hurt us, and our world is fractured; we can trust that through it all God has a greater plan than we can see.
We must trust Him through the storm and be there to comfort others who are hurting with the hope that we hold fast to. This is the hope of Jesus Christ and it is available to all those who will seek Him.
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries