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Hurting for Help
by Jenny on November 21st, 2016

"[God] comforts us in all our troubles . . ." 2 Corinthians 1:4

Earlier this week one of my boys fell from our couch and bumped his head on the tile floor (ah-hem, two little monkeys were unadvisedly using the couch as a wrestling ring). Though my son's head hardly sprouted a bump I knew the fall hurt when he actually let me comfort him.

Many times after my children suffer an injury I run to them with open arms (and an ice pack) and they "shoo" me away. I stand beside my children offering love, comfort and wisdom but my children sometimes choose to flail about whining and pouting, stubbornly dealing with the pain on their own. As I watch my children suffer needlessly I contemplate why someone would refuse help that is offered for free and in love. And then I remember how many times I too have suffered needlessly, refusing to accept the help, comfort and guidance my Heavenly Father offers to me.

Scripture tells us that God is the source of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3). God never promised that we would go through life unharmed--just the opposite. Jesus said we would face many trials and sorrows here on earth (John 16:33). But God promises to lead us through hardships and to help us overcome our hurts.

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." Isaiah 43:2-3

Notice that Isaiah writes, "When we go through trials . . ." not "If we go through trials . . .."

Just as my children must come to me to receive my help, we too must seek God to receive His help. In Jeremiah 33:3 God says, "Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know."

I warned my sons not to wrestle on the couch but they failed to heed my warning. God has warned us and given us instruction for living in the Bible. But we must heed His Word so that He can bring about the help and restoration that He promises.

How bad does it hurt?

How far have you fallen?

Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38) except our refusal to receive it. No sin is too great, no hurt is too small. Don't suffer needlessly. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).

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Aunt Susie - November 22nd, 2016 at 6:07 AM
I needed this today Jenny...hope all is going well and have a blessed Thanksgiving.
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