At some point in our lives, we all experience pain. Injuries, sickness, grief, abandonment, abuse, failure, and more.When the trials of life set in, it is easy to let the circumstances we are facing determine the mindset we have. Hardships come in all forms and, at times, may seem to last for unbearable amounts of time. We must remember however, that our pain is temporary. Eventually the pain of our trials will subside and something else will take its place. Because of sin entering into this world, time and chance happen to us all and will continue to happen. Despite the inevitable circumstances that may come our way, we must recognize the Healer of pain and the compassion of the great King. While we know that we are not promised a life free from pain, we must know that we have a God who is ready and willing to bandage our bruises and pick us back up. Sometimes it is through pain that we begin to see God’s glory best. The song “Bring Christ Your Broken Life” by Thomas O. Chisholmis about just that.
“Bring Christ your broken life, so marred by sin, He will create anew, make whole again; your empty, wasted years, He will restore, and your iniquities remember no more.”
We are reminded in this verse that while we have a life that may be scarred from our transgressions, and ugly because of sin, even if we have spent years wasting our lives on worldly things, we can be made whole again through the blood of Christ. In the book of Luke we see this numerous times. Luke emphasizes that the gospel is all-inclusive. We see Christ showing compassion to the sick, down-trodden, and outcasts. Zacharias and Elizabeth, a leprous man, and other encounters show Jesus’ concern for the lesser in society and His willingness to look through their imperfect past and give them hope. So often we can find ourselves feeling unworthy because of the choices we have made in our lives. The shame and the guilt can consume us and blind us to God’s grace, but we must break free from our thinking and be content in Christ. Our Savior, who was compassionate towards those who were spat upon, despised, and rejected, gave His life so you could be set free from the bonds of sin and look forward to a new life in Him. Let our struggles remind us of His sacrifice, give us hope for heaven, and draw us closer to the Almighty.
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“Bring Him your every care, if great or small- whatever troubles you- O bring it all! Bring Him the haunting fears, the nameless dread; Thy heart He will relieve, and lift thy head.”
When we have trials, troubles, fears, doubts, no matter how insignificant they may seem to us or someone else, God still cares! We must remember that God wants to hear about our lives, He wants to lift us out of our weariness when the going gets tough. In those times of difficulty, we are to go to Him and ask for His hand. When our minds are focused on God and when we pray to him with open hearts, we are encouraged!
“Bring Him your weariness, receive His rest; weep out your blinding tears upon His breast; His love is wonderful, His pow’r is great, And none that trust in Him shall be desolate.”
When the burdens of the world have weighed on us, when we’re tired and discouraged and weary, there is rest and hope to be found in Christ. When we commit to a life inside of Christ, we have peace. When we’re sad and our tears have overwhelmed us, we can lean on Him and His almighty power. In these times, we are to remember His greatness and trust in Him!
“Blest savior of us all! Almighty Friend! His presence shall be ours unto the end; Without Him life would be how dark, how drear! But with Him morning breaks- and heaven is near!”
In Christ, our blessed Redeemer, our friend, we have joy and hope! The writer brings to our minds the darkness that would consume us and the world without His presence. With Christ in our lives, there is always something better.
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by Chelsea Toney