By Daniel Shaker
Are you passing through hard times, heartache or stress? Are you feeling weighed down by burdens or concerns? I want you to know you are not alone! I am facing these experiences myself at the moment, and I am sure many people around us are also. Some people choose to be more open about it, while others are keeping it locked up, presenting a cheery facade instead.
The Lord promises us:“For I know the plans I have for you”
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek me. I will be found by you.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
Pain is something we all experience in life. We sometimes find ourselves feeling alone with no one in reach, to embrace us with love. The hurt we experience can sometimes feel immeasurable; we feel no one can understand to what extent it has affected us or the void it has left in our hearts. The pain we experience and the way we overcome it makes us who we are. It builds character and enables us to gain both integrity and wisdom. I encourage you not to be ashamed or believe the feeling of pain is wrong. It is part of life, a normal recognized human reaction that I believe we should not oppress but allow sufficient time to carry out its purpose. However one thing we must try our best to do is not allow this pain to take control and lead us to sin. I urge you to get down on your knees and share your pain with the Lord. Make the time, seek an answer. This is something I found myself doing and the Lord revealed to me His tender mercies. The Lord promises us:“For I know the plans I have for you” “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek me. I will be found by you.” Jeremiah 29:11-14
Seek and place your hope in the Lord and in the plans He has set out especially for you!
Remember after death is eternity, the biggest and most wonderful plan the Lord has for you. Look beyond the moment and set your sights on the long run. Don’t chase short–term goals or pleasures, they will only inflict more pain without you even realising it sometimes. If you are passing through it now, give what I have said a try. Don’t let this opportunity pass you. Those of you who have passed through a painful experience, reflect on how you overcame it, I am sure you will come to the same conclusion as I. Seek and place your hope in the Lord and in the plans He has set out for you.Please don’t expect to feel complete satisfaction or contentment here on earth. If this is what you seek, then you are chasing the air and again bringing pain to yourself and to the Lord. We’ve all made mistakes, and for some time, even enjoyed our sinful lifestyle! I was told, “Learning from your mistakes is wise but learning from others is wiser.” So think about your actions. Be a Christian; raise your standards and values as the Lord states. This is what will differentiate you from others. This will certainly not make your life easier but it will put you right in the EYES of the Lord. He will be smiling and proud of you. This should be your ultimate goal! Your path towards pleasing Him will not be failure free, but the Lord seeks a genuine, repentant heart. When this is the case, you are back on track, and pain will become an experience filled with peace, not doom! Remember the Lord seeks our hearts not our external appearances. In the book of Psalms it teaches us that our actions are a result of what is in our heart. Dear reader, what is in your heart?