We suffer in silence when we fail to believe in the God of Creation. He has offered us a life with abundance if we believe in Him, His promises, His Son, but when we — through pride — strive to live life on our own, we fail, sometimes immediately and sometimes over time, but we fail. He remains faithful to pick us up, whenever we repent and call on His name. Will you call on Him today to help you through your pain? You don’t have to suffer in silence anymore. Praise God!
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“Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.” — Psalm 42:11 (CSB)
WE OFTEN SUFFER IN SILENCE.
Alone. Unrecognized. Unknown.
We feel as though the ebb of life has passed us by. No one knows our name, or our struggles, or our shame.
We hide the truth in our hearts; sometimes, it’s so deeply hidden, we hide it from ourselves.
We want to fix it, but we don’t know how.
“If only *they* will change, everything will be all right,” we say. “If *our circumstances* were different, this would all go away.”
But it doesn’t. Day after month after year, nothing changes. Yes, there are ups and downs; yes, there are escapes built into our regime, but in the end, it remains the same: missed opportunities, sadness, despair. No hope.
THE BIBLE RECOGNIZES THIS HUMAN CONDITION and speaks volumes into our hearts. Oh, if only we would let go and let God. If only we could drop our burdens at the foot of the Cross. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28 NASB)
We hear those words, but they ring hallow. How could this be? How could Jesus take away the sting of our affliction? Does He hear our prayers? Does He care about our lives? Isn’t He too busy with more important things, bigger things, other people?
Jesus assures us we’re important to Him. Look at the sparrows, He says, speaking of unimportant members of the animal kingdom. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” (Matt. 10:29 NIV) “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matt. 10:30 NIV).
God knows us. God sees us. God cares about us.
Jesus says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT)
That’s love. That’s true love.
THEN WHY DO WE SUFFER SO?
David tells us in the Psalms, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalms 34:19 ESV).
Paul tells us that “we rejoice in our sufferings” because the experience of going through these troubles “produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5 ESV)
James, the half-brother of Jesus, reminds us that we should take comfort in our troubles as “nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” (James 1:2-3 NET)
Endurance, he says, leads us to wisdom; and, if we lack wisdom (which we do), we “should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand.” (James 1:5 NET)
Trials, Peter says, “show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold … and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:6-7 NET)
SO, WHAT ARE WE TO MAKE OF ALL THIS?
Here’s what God says to us through the Psalms:
“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them shout for joy forever. May you shelter them, and may those who love your name boast about you. For you, LORD, bless the righteous one; you surround him with favor like a shield.” (Psalms 5:11-12 CSB)
“Protect me, God, for I take refuge in you.” (Psalms 16:1 CSB)
“I always let the LORD guide me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalms 16:8 CSB)
“I called to the LORD in my distress, and I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” (Psalms 18:6 CSB)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1 ESV)
THE CASE HAS BEEN TRIED. The jury has come back. Here is it’s verdict:
“We find God’s message to be True; we find it Trustworthy. In it, we find our Salvation.”
Case dismissed. You, the tormented, are free to go.
Go with God.
He will guide you and sustain you. In all matters, He will love you and hold you in the palm of His hand. He will cry tears alongside you (“Jesus wept.” John 11:35 NIV).
He will never forsake you.
- “God will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6 ESV)
- “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 ESV)
- “Every moment you know where I am.” (Psalm 139:3b TLB)
- “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” (Isaiah 41:13 ESV)
- “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
Finally, this, from the Master’s own voice (Matt. 28:20 ESV):
“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Our Heavenly Father, full of love and mercy, hear our prayer, O Lord. Reach down and wipe away our tears. Take our hand and lead us. Wrap us in your strong arms. Keep us safe. Be with us. Although our faith falters, your steadfastness never fails; although we stumble, you never grow faint; although we’re tired, you’re never weary. Lord, lead us as you promised, that if we trust in You with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, and in all our ways acknowledge You, You will make our paths straight (Prov. 3:5-6). Lord, we claim that promise for ourselves and give You all the praise, honor, and glory. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ we pray, AMEN
1. Do you find it difficult to believe that the God of Creation knows who you are, loves you, cares for you, and even died for you to pay the debt of your sin? Amazing? Yes, but true! Can you claim this truth for yourself this very day?
2. Do you find it difficult to claim the truth that God’s grace is bigger than your sin, that He can cover your pride, greed, arrogance, malice, and envy, and so much more? He said He can. His Word says He can. Can you claim that truth today and for all eternity?
3. Do you find it difficult to believe that the God of Creation, Almighty God, kind of the universe is calling you today to repent of all your sin and turn to Him for forgiveness? Why suffer any longer with the demons who have owned you for months or years or even decades? Today is the day of your deliverance. Call on Him. He’s listening. He cares. He can heal you.
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5 thoughts on “Meditation–SUFFERING IN SILENCE”
Amen! I love the little picture of Jesus bridging the gap between us and God. Campus Crusade used a similar picture in their Gospel tracts. God bless!
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Thank you, Ryan. It’s a favorite picture of mine, as well. It’s worth reusing. God bless you. Keep up the good work. Glad to see you’re back to blogging. You have such a strong witness for the LORD.
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Great message. Thanks Ward!
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Thank you, Dee! I appreciate the encouragement. Keep up the good work. I was looking through your website. Very impressive! A lot of love and prayer devoted to it.
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Thank you! I could say the same about yours. 😊
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