This might seem trite to some who are reading, but please know it is not meant to be.
I am familiar with tragedy.
I am familiar with great emotional pain.
Trite is not in my vocabulary.
Today, I am writing to Christians. Men and women who know the Bible is what it says it is: a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
Yet, how often we neglect to remember this when we navigate through life, especially when it’s dark.
God gives humanity tools to use. In his goodness, people are not even aware they have used those tools and where they came from.
And yet, how often do we find ourselves going in a direction without the light to guide us.
It is very common and understandable to lash out at life, others, and even God when we’re hurting. The Psalms are full of the human response to pain.
If you stay in that state, you will become miserable and bitter. You will never find the peace you are looking for.
Many continue down this path, well, because we’re human.
Humans with emotions.
Emotions that need to be filtered through the light of God’s word. Emotions not tethered to something will wander to unknown places, causing even more upheaval to our well being.
God gently speaks to our pain.
Do you want to hear?
The words God speaks throughout the Bible is the very thing keeping me protected, calm, strong, patient, and yes … even joyful.
The joy happens after I have taken hold of his words of life as my own. When I find they work, the joy comes, because I know God is real and means what he says.
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