“I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain.”
Some days, I feel terribly alone.
Some days I open my eyes and I’m filled with dread because I don’t want to get out of bed and face the day.
Some days I wonder if all of hell has been stirred up against me.
Some days, it seems like everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Friends and family have turned on me and I wonder if God has, too.
For those of you who experience similar days, I have a message of hope for you. It’s something I have learned over the course of the past few months, and it’s something I cling to in my darkest and loneliest of moments.
It will all be worth it
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
There will come a day where you emerge on the other side of this affliction – whatever it may be. That is a fear, I think, that we all face in the midst of our trials. Will this ever end? Will I ever be happy again?
Here is a fact: for the child of God who is faithfully serving Him, you have a prize set before you.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Think back on all the times in the past where you were in the valley, alone, hurting, and suffering. You made it out, didn’t you? You will come out of this pain as well. But you will emerge stronger than before, and closer than ever to the glory that God will reveal in you.
Remember that you are not alone
When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
The whole world could be against you; friends and family may abandon you; loved ones may pass on, leaving you grief-stricken and lonely, but in these many waters, this loneliness, Jesus is with you.
I can’t even comprehend the vastness of that statement. It’s a humbling one; one I can’t even fully grasp. If only we could see in the Spirit the battles He wages on our behalf, the enemies He vanquishes with a single breath, the closeness of His Being to ours… I think we would forget the meaning of fear. We would cast off forever the notion of loneliness.
The Lord knows your pain and sorrow. There is a purpose for it, and He will bring good from it. This He promises us.
If you are in the valley now, I extend these gifts of truth to you. Please accept them from a fellow valley-walker:
- You have a Savior who died for you, He loved you so much
- You have a whole family in Heaven, even if you have none on this earth
- The Lord carries you, as the beautiful Footprints poem reminds us, through the darkest moments of your life
- You may be surrounded on all sides by what seems like the very host of hell, but Jesus stands at your side and He will never leave you
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Deut. 31:6 KJV)
God will deliver you
Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
In the midst of persecution or affliction (or both), we forget that the Bible has already spoken in this respect: we will face persecution, we will suffer affliction. This is not a one-off; it’s not something out of the ordinary. In fact, this should be a very ordinary reality to the believer (1 Peter 12:9).
But God hasn’t abandoned you. This is a line of thinking that I fall into too easily. I think, “Everything is going wrong. God must be angry with me. He has left me!” instead of thinking, “I am partaking in Christ’s sufferings, and yes, it is grievous. But God is going to deliver me, this I know. He is with me.”
My father always says, “Go back to the last thing God told you and stay there. God’s doing something in your life right now and you’ve just gotta trust Him.”
We are to evaluate our walks and hearts before the Lord, to ensure that we are not offending Him. But if we know we are not, then what is the answer?
You are in your fiery trial. God has allowed it and He is walking you through it. Trust Him. Keep your eyes on Him. Cling to His Word, to His promises, and know that this too shall pass. It is a season. Reminding myself of this always comforts me. It’s a season! And seasons pass. There are blessings ahead. I may be bleeding now, but tomorrow I get to experience His miraculous healing. I may be suffering now, but tomorrow I will be rejoicing!
…Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5 KJV)
You must be doing something right
Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Do you feel hated by man? Do you feel rejected and cast off? Do they reproach you, saying that you are evil?
Welcome to the Body of Christ!
They did the same to Jesus! JESUS! Your Lord and Savior! And He told you of this… He told you that the world would hate you, because it hated Him. You are one of His. You are partaking in the sufferings of Christ Himself.
You probably don’t feel like rejoicing… and I understand. I didn’t (and don’t, at times) either. But I always smile a little at this thought: we must be doing something right. You can bet your bottom dollar that satan doesn’t get stirred up over any old little threat. Nope. He goes after the big ones, the ones who are wreaking havoc on the kingdom of darkness. Doesn’t that make you giggle just a little?
And he’s already defeated! That’s the best part!
This too shall pass
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
There is a beautiful song, one I sing to myself often.
This too shall pass
Like every night that’s come before it
He’ll never give you
More than you can bear
The lyrics of this song could be the anthem of the valley-walkers. Listen to it. Let the words sink in. This too shall pass. You will make it out of this valley, out of this trial. Cling to the Lord in the meantime, and set your eyes on the mountain. Praise Him because He knows – because He will deliver you – because there is day coming where He will wipe the tears from your eyes, and there will be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain.
I look forward to that day. I pray that you might have the strength to do so, too.