11 Ways Jesus Speaks into Your Sorrow
- Friday, July 17, 2009
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Nancy Guthrie's new book, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, (© Tyndale House).
Many experiences can leave you struggling with deep sorrow - a loved one's death, a job loss, a friend's betrayal, a serious medical diagnosis, and more. You may often find that the people around you simply don't know what to say to you in your sorrow. But Jesus does.
Jesus experienced great sorrow Himself during His time on earth. He cares about what you're going through, and He's not intimidated by the hard questions your sorrow has raised. If you listen to what Jesus has to say to you in your sorrow, you'll find the hope you need.
Here's how Jesus speaks into your sorrow:
"I, too, have known overwhelming sorrow." Jesus understands the crushing weight and agonizing loneliness of grief. He has something valuable to teach you as you struggle with sorrow - something you couldn't learn without going through it. Jesus promises to walk with you every step of the way through your sorrow, giving you the comfort and companionship you need.
"I, too, have heard God tell me ‘no.'" Jesus shows you what to do when God doesn't give you what you want. Even though Jesus was God's Son, God still said "no" to His passionate prayer to avoid dying on the cross. Ultimately, after wrestling with God's plan for His life, Jesus submitted to it because of His confidence in God's purposes - even when they conflicted with His own desires. When you recognize that God always chooses what's best - that when he answers "no" to your prayers, He isn't cruelly punishing you but is actually acting in love toward you - you can entrust your life to His plans without fear or resentment. Your suffering isn't wasted pain; it's a powerful tool to help you learn the value of obeying God.
"I am willing to heal your deadliest disease." Jesus knows what you need most of all. It isn't physical healing; it's spiritual healing. Whether or not Jesus chooses to heal a disease in your body, you'll eventually die anyway. But if you're afflicted by a disease in your soul - sin - you're suffering will be eternal if you don't invite Jesus to heal you. Fortunately, Jesus is willing to take the sickness of your sin upon Himself and transfer to you the healthy state of righteousness before God. Jesus' sacrifice on the cross offers you something much greater than healing from diseases that can destroy your temporary body. It offers you the greatest healing possible: healing from the sin that can destroy your eternal soul.
"I will save you from yourself." Jesus saves you from a wasted life of always trying to get your own way. Instead of being tyrannized by what you want and chasing after it constantly, you'll be free to pursue what will ultimately give you the most fulfillment - God's purposes for your life. Ironically, when you try to save your life, you end up losing it in pursuits that don't really matter. But if you let go of your own agendas, God's kingdom can advance through your life and make the world a better place. Leave a life of comfort behind and follow Jesus into a life of significance.
"I will keep you safe." Jesus protects you from eternal harm. Your eternal soul has much more value than the temporary life of your earthly body. While Jesus hasn't promised to protect your physical safety, He has promised to protect your soul for eternity. While Jesus won't necessarily protect your plans for your life, He will protect God's purposes for you to make sure that you experience the very best when you trust Him.
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