No Longer Alone

  • May 5, 2014
  • #8351

Do you ever feel alone in your suffering? God is always with us in the midst of seemingly endless trials. 

No Longer Alone

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with encouragement if you deal with pain.

For people who suffer from chronic pain, it’s a lonely place that sometimes few people understand. You can’t always get help, you feel miserable, you can’t get comfortable, and those around you just get downright tired of hearing about it. And you can't blame them; pain is one of those things that can be so consuming. And it can wear out everyone around you, which is why I was so encouraged recently while reading Psalm 119.

Because God understands, God listens, even when others are tired of hearing about your pain He wants to listen. I mean, just consider these couple of verses:

Psalm 119, verse 92 says, “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.”
And just a few lines later, verse 107 says, “I have suffered much; preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.”
And then there is Psalm 119, verse 153, “Lord look upon my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law.”

Now what I love about these verses is that it shows me how much God empathizes, how much He understands. Whether you suffer from pain, loneliness, or whatever, these verses are so powerful. And isn't it amazing that when it comes to "keeping your head above the waters of affliction," all these verses underscore the importance of holding fast to the Word of God?! There’s a connection between keeping your emotional bearings in affliction and the importance of the Bible. That’s because there’s a comfort; there’s a consolation in God’s Word. There is a resting and a reprieve even when you feel like you’re perishing.

I mean, you can turn to Psalm 119 and say to God “God, I have suffered much,” and He won’t fault you for that. And you can say “God, come on, look upon my suffering, deliver me,” and you’ll know those words will have power before the Lord because you’re echoing His Scripture. And remember, friend, your pain won’t always be this way. It is not going to last forever. One day (hallelujah) God will close the curtain on your affliction, as painful as it is, and you will enter a season of rest and relief. How do I know? Just consider Isaiah chapter 28, verse 24, which says, (now listen to this):

“When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil?” - Isaiah 28:24

No, of course not, a farmer doesn’t plow non-stop all year. True, there is a season when, yes, you feel like you’re being plowed under, but there’s also a season of rest, a season of fruitfulness, a season of relief, and of harvest.

Hebrews chapter 12, verse 11 infers that God's heavy hand on the plow never [and here’s the quote]: “never seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Friend, when I struggle with pain, I make myself remember this—I say, ‘Come on Joni, recall this to mind.’ Look toward that season of rest.  Push away panic and quote those verses from Psalm 119. And then I remember that God is producing a harvest of righteousness in my life. Friend, if you are feeling isolated and alone in your pain today, I have a wonderful booklet I wrote called “No Longer Alone” and I just know the insights are going to uplift you, bolster your spirits. Pain and loneliness often go together, so please reach out and ask for help. Ask for my booklet, “No Longer Alone” on my radio page today at joniandfriends.org. And share it with a friend who’s feeling alone because of their suffering. Again, that’s joniandfriends.org.

© Joni and Friends

 

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