What I read today;
Colossians 4 & 1 Thessalonians 1-2; Luke 11; Isaiah 53; Psalm 19-20; 1 Samuel 4; Exodus 6
The Hebrew Nation was in mourning. Pharoah had doubled the workload. Pharoah was having his taskmasters beat the Hebrew foreman. Life had just gone from bad to worse. Despair had set in. No matter what Moses and Aaron said the people would not listen anymore. Now it was going to take something tangible. God promised it was coming. We would see later that God kept his promises. The people were eventually set free. They would eventually take the promised land. But it was in God’s time, not our time.
It’s hard to keep our faith when we’re going through the storm. Health issues, marital problems, work issues all weigh heavily on us. Each day is difficult and sometimes we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Two things come to mind here.
The first is that when things are that difficult we need to talk to someone. Isolation kills. For the person going through this type of pain the listening ear of a friend can make all the difference in the world. Not necessarily someone to preach, but someone to be there and listen. Our presence can be the hydrocortisone that begins the healing process. Maybe we can offer, money, time, or assist with a repair, then our physical help may also be a healing balm for that person.
Secondly, the person going through the issue should be encouraged to search the scriptures and hold on tight to Jesus Christ. He didn’t promise to alleviate all our pain on this earth. But he did promise to walk with us through the pain.