Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. Psalm 103:2-7
“You just don’t understand what I’m going through.”
Have you ever said that?
Did you ever stop to think that maybe it’s a good thing that the person you said that to doesn’t understand and that maybe God has determined that your present situation doesn’t require two emotional wrecks and therefore placed this person in your life to be a spiritual voice of reason.
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:4
Having said that, it’s also a reality that God might allow stupid, callous, and insensitive people into our lives when we are struggling emotionally. Not only are they oblivious to what it is you’re going through, but they are typically oblivious to what qualifies as Biblical wisdom.
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. Proverbs 12:18
This is all the more reason that as a follower of Christ Jesus, you should be firmly grounded in His Word, His church, and sound Christian fellowship, so when disaster strikes you’ll know, by the guidance of he Holy Spirit, who you can talk and listen to and they’ll know, by the same Spirit, when to talk and when to listen to you.
It’s written in Proverbs, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” These words should be etched upon every tear, for when difficulties come (and they will) we tend to forget that one of the purposes of the church is for restoration. While anxiety, fear, and stress serve to blind us, exercising our faith (receiving sound, godly counsel as opposed to rejecting it), revives our sight and sharpens our vision.
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:13-16
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