Help for the Hurting

Help for the Hurting

“I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power. Then I will praise God’s name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:29-30 NLT)

We launched our “Where’s God?” series this weekend at Community. After each service I was struck by the number of conversations I had with people who are hurting right now.

The pain is real. A marriage on the rocks, a murdered child, cancer at war with another victim, and much more. The pain is significant.

In the midst of each conversation there is hope. Hope, not from any words I could give, but hope from the ONE who is very much with them in this difficult time.

One person even said, “I have days when I’m not sure God is even there, but then I come here and I’m reminded that He is real…and that He is with me.”

Whatever your pain and the fear associated with it, keep these words in mind:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. …  For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:10 & 13 NIV)