We live in a fallen world. We will face struggles and feel like life has thrown us tremendous blows that no human should have to face. It could be in the form of financial burden, a challenge to our character, the loss of a loved one through death or separation for another reason.
Confusion sets in and we question God. Why is this happening to me? What have I done that was so terrible that you are punishing me? It can lead us to a place of mistrust. A place where we build a wall around us and don’t want to let others in. We may be locking out the very people that could help us.
So how do we lower the wall? How do we open the door to let others in and begin to trust again? It’s not easy. God didn’t cause these struggles, but he’s right there beside you. He may seem distant, but he’s there, waiting for you to reach out to him. He may send people to you to help you through those tough times. At first, you may push them away because you’re not ready to heal. But you have to learn to trust again. And you may be the answer to someone else’s struggles. Let God use you as his hands and feet to minister to others. Listen to them, let them pour out their soul to you. It may cause healing for both of you.
I don’t believe in chance. I believe that things happen for a reason. They aren’t always easy things, but we don’t know what lies ahead. God has you in the place you are in for a reason. I don’t think he necessarily wants you to figure out the reason, but I do think that he wants you to embrace it. Trust in him that you are where you are supposed to be. Reach out to those in your midst and love them beyond what you thought possible because you are sent by God to minister to them.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”– Jeremiah 29:11
I’m not sure why this is my message this morning, but God has put this on my heart. I know that at least one of you reading this needs to hear it. When you’ve been hurt badly, learning to trust again isn’t easy. But it’s what you need to do. Don’t believe me? That’s okay. You don’t have to believe me. Talk to God. He has the answers you seek.
Love to you all in Christ.