Are you in a place of hurt and in need of God’s healing? Here are 8 ways to stay hopeful when you’re hurting:
1. Remember, Jesus wept too
Choose to believe that God hurts with you, that as your perfect heavenly Father, He longs to take you in His arms and hold you.
One of the shortest verses in the Bible is also the most poignant: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).
As Jesus stood beside Mary and Martha at the tomb of their brother, Jesus cried, even though He knew He was about to raise his friend Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus cried out of compassion and empathy—the same compassion He has for you in your time of grief.
2. God is bigger than your pain
Rest in the assurance of Psalm 56:8: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
God is not a God who’s far off; rather, He’s a Father who longs to draw near to us in our seasons of pain.
The Egyptian slave Hagar learned this fact when she fled to the desert and saw God for herself. She was the only woman in the Bible to name God, and what did she call Him? “El Roi,” the God who sees me.
This same all-seeing God—the God who crafted the cosmos—is big enough to handle our pain, if we’ll hand it to Him.
3. God will lead you out of darkness
Hold onto the promise that God will never, ever leave you (Hebrews 13:5) and that no one can snatch us out of His hand when we believe in Jesus (John 10:28).
With His help, we can find the grace to move out of our pain into the light.
The Old Testament heroine Ruth did this, choosing compassion and courage over fear and grief when she left her homeland and accompanied her mother-in-law to Israel.
As we walk with Him, we begin to see that, in fact, God Himself is the light that leads us through the darkness.
We don’t have to live in the darkness of bitterness or anger. We can grab hold of the light and face the very things that are causing us grief, because we’re not alone.