Truth and Irony

Behind the frowns of life there is a smile of grace

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A Word for the Weary

I am often mindful of the sufferings of others. I have been been uniquely positioned by God’s sovereign will to walk through the valleys of shadow with those who experience hardship and pain. One of the biggest obstacles that I must overcome is to genuinely identify with the person in their grief and not trivialize their pain with truth that is disconnected from the gravity of the situation. In other words, I have to guard against minimizing the grief with cheap sentimentalism.

Yesterday, the world was witness to the brevity of life and our ultimate need for hope in something that is lasting. Many were effected by the storms. Some I know, and many I don’t, and yet to stranger and loved ones alike, the message is the same. Please understand that this is not my attempt to cheapen the losses that many have faced or to lighten the weightiness of what has happened. Yet, I am convinced that God’s Word speaks comfort and hope to us in the midst of trials, and I offer this passage of Scripture to those who need to be reminded of the eternal, unmovable hope that is the sovereign Lord. In Psalm 46, the psalmist says, 

God is our refuge and strength, 

a very present help in times of trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High. 

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,

how he has brought desolations on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the chariots with fire. 

“Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

To live is to experience pain, loss, trial and hardship. Hope is not found in avoiding the things that hurt; hope and joy are found in the One who transcends all the grief and tribulation. God’s promise is not to keep us from trials, but to be a place of refuge when have them. That is, God invites the weary and hurting to come to Him and through the truth and grace of His Word He provides the bread of life, and the rock of salvation. I grieve with you who are hurting and lamenting, but I rejoice in the God of heaven who invites us to come to Him and find rest for our souls. The grace and peace of the Lord be with you all.