“This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.” (1 Timothy 4:10 NLT)
Brokenness is all around us; it is great within us. The days are long, the battles difficult and continuous. No matter where we look, there is darkness, sorrow, pain surrounding us in waves.
But for us believers, our hope is in the living God.
This hope, it gives meaning to our battles and our suffering. On those days when we work hard and it seems like everything is falling apart. On those days when we continue to struggle, this battle seemingly never-ending and only getting worse day by day. On those days when we are one step away from giving up — there is always hope.
No matter the amount of times our hearts have been broken. No matter the pain or grief we bear. We are all hurting — and we are all looking for hope, for healing, for something to help us with our broken hearts. Our brokenness is carried in the hands of our living God, who made heaven and earth. We have a hope greater than any heartache or sorrow: the hope of heaven, a beautiful eternity with Jesus Christ. The hope of a future with no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:3-5a)
Even when we walk through the land of sorrow and suffering, we never wander alone. Our hearts are held together by the scarred hands of our Lord, the God with us — heaven bent down in humility to walk through the broken road before us, so that we would have enough strength for all that we face.
God is never far away, beloved. He is with us in our suffering, His heart breaking right alongside with ours. He is with us in heartbreak and sorrow, His soul feeling the pain that has captured us tight. When He walked on earth, He experienced betrayal, brokenness, death, sorrow, loss. He is near to the brokenhearted, for He knows well what it is like to carry a broken heart.
There is no darkness that His light cannot overcome. There is no sorrow or shame, no brokenness or pain that the power of His grace cannot overcome.
He is a shield to all of us who trust in Him, all of us who surrender our hearts and give to Him all that we have and all that we are. He loves you, just as you are. He loves you, right where you are. He is always right here, ready to listen to your heart and your prayers.
There is hope because nothing can separate us from His love.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
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