Good morning, happy Thursday and blessings.
Today I woke up with this question in my mind: What can we do when life hurts? Sometimes life makes us feel like we're getting pummeled. We're getting pounded with left hooks and uppercuts and we don't have a chance to cover up and defend ourselves. Then we find ourselves lying on the canvas, dazed and confused. We make it to our feet and then the bell rings; ending the round. We stumble back to our corner and wonder if the next round will be worse.
We wonder how much more punishment we can take. How are we going to continue on? We try to think about our next move; what's our strategy going to be? Then the bell rings. We slowly rise from our stool and nervously step toward the center of the ring. Does this sound like an appropriate analogy of how some of your days go?
Jesus told his disciples that they would be persecuted. But he also provided encouragement in facing life's hurts. He said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Sometimes life hurts but we have a Savior who has overcome the evil and darkness of the world and he will give us the power to overcome it too. We won't be able to escape life's hurts but in Jesus we will have the peace we need to get through them.
Therefore, we do not lose heart when life's hurts come our way because we know that they don't define us, they don't destroy us and God and others will be there to help us through them. Life hurts sometimes but Jesus helps to lessen the pain. He's our relief; he's there to bandage our wounds. He'll always be the listening ear, the shoulder to cry on and the one we can lean on for support. When life hurts, Jesus can heal.