You are not alone.
Someone needs to read this today. It may feel at times like no one cares, no one sees, and all this is for nothing. What’s the point? Why keep going? Why keep fighting? Why keep praying? Does it matter at all?
It matters. You matter to God. The Savior cares. He lives to intercede for you (Hebrews 7:25). He sings songs of freedom and deliverance over you (Psalm 32:7).
He sees you (El Roi, Genesis 16:13). He knows (1 John 3:20, Psalm 139:4). He collects every tear you shed (Psalm 56:8), every cry and every groan comes to His ear (Psalm 145:19, Psalm 5:3). The Comforter is there always (John 14:16), Jesus sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). and God calls You friend (John 15:15).
So many are hurting. So many are hoping for SOMEONE to call, show up, be there, notice. God notices. God is there. God shows up. He’s always calling (Revelation 3:20). But how can they know if we don’t tell/show them?
The lost are out there. Are we so calloused that we don’t notice? Are we so arrogant that we don’t think of their plight? We can provide relief. We can bring the salve. The blood of Christ reconciles, brings hope, heals all wounds.
I’ve heard it said that time heals all wounds. But time is a created thing. Time is inanimate. And time will surrender one day and be no more. Christ will ALWAYS be. He provides the salve – His precious blood; it has already been shed for our healing (Isaiah 53:5). He can do it in no time at all, because He is outside of time, the Creator of it. We, the church, have to share this with others. How many don’t know? Who do you know who doesn’t know Him? How can you present Him to them?
The lost are not the only ones who need reminding of God’s love and care. There are even Christians who are broken, discouraged, feeling hopeless. We, the body, are to be the encouragement for them, too. “A word in due season, how good it is!” (Proverbs 15:23) There are many who need strength; they’ve been fighting so long. It may be grief plaguing them, a difficult relationship, a lost loved one, there are so many pains in this life. We need to lead each other to the cross, lead one another to Christ, to God our Father, to the Comforter.
We have to tell people this truth: God is there and He cares. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) Are you crushed in spirit? Do you know someone who is? There will come a time in everyone’s life that they feel crushed. We must bear with one another, pray for one another, and encourage each other in Christ.
“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone, just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God…”Colossians 3:12-16
We are to rejoice with those who are rejoicing, mourn with those who are mourning (Romans 12:15). We are the body. We’d better start acting like it. There is ONE body. ONE church. Under ONE God saved by ONE Christ, comforted and led by ONE Holy Spirit. Share that love, comfort, hope, and peace. Spread it around. There are those who know no peace. You can be that peace for them in their life. You have a purpose as a believer, as a member of a church, as a follower of Christ. You are to spread His Good News, His peace, in every place. You are the fragrance of Him in every place.
Remember the call of Christ and let this be your message to the world (lost or not): “Come to me all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11;28-30)
Please share this with your friends, you church family, and anyone else who needs to know God cares today. Check on each other. Be there for one another more than ever. Share the Good News of Christ with everyone you can.
The King is coming!