I knew I shouldn’t let it get me down. But it did.
“Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” -Ecclesiastes7:20 NIV
I know people are fallible. In fact, because I know it so well, it sometimes feels strangely brave to step out and trust. Sometimes going out of my way to be kind or encouraging downright scares me because I don’t want to leave my heart wide open for a wicked trampling. It’s the feeling that makes me want to hide – to stay behind the curtains rather than stepping out.
Do you ever feel that way? That trust is difficult? That disappointment and hurt at the hands of others puts you into a place of despair? Or at a minimum, stops you from trying to do the right thing?
God Is With You When Others Are Not
Although hiding is an option, it’s not where God calls us, is it? And despair is never where God wants us to stay. As a matter of fact, His call is quite different. He calls us out from behind the curtains to shine His light. He creates us for purpose and He promises to walk with us through the despair. Then, He ushers us to a place of newfound joy – of love – of peace.
God knows others will hurt us. It was for our brokenness He sent His son to atone for our sins once and for all. We are a broken and battered people, and for that reason He gave us a Savior.
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You see, God is with us when others are not. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, people fall short. There is no perfection outside of Jesus. And things never last. They lose their shine and with it the value they once held.
If we look to people and things to fill the voids within our hearts, we are setting ourselves up to fail. We build unhealthy relationships and fail to set healthy boundaries. We waver in what we know to be right and find ourselves fading from our hope and our purpose.
Friends, there is only one way to fill the voids within us.
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So, today, if betrayal, rejection, or even careless words have broken your heart, please don’t lose hope. The actions of others are not about you. They are about that individual and whatever brokenness has affected their lives. Peel your eyes off the hurt and turn your eyes to Jesus. He is with you … always.
God is with you in every storm. His sees your pain and it breaks His heart. He even collects each of your tears carefully in a bottle and records them in His book.
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” -Psalm 56:8 NLT
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39 NLT
Thank you, Jesus, for never leaving me. You are with me when others are not. Your love never falls short nor does it fade. Father, I ask You to fill my place of hurt with Your holy presence. Shine Your light of truth on situations where I am allowing others to fill the voids within me. Turn my eyes to You and only You Lord, as the perfect fit for every need I have within me. Connect me deeper and deeper in relationship with You. Give me an insatiable thirst for Your Word and for time spent in conversation with You. Lord, thank You. In Your precious and holy name I pray. Amen.
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