God whispers to us in our pleasure, but He shouts to us in our pain.
by Rick Warren in Daily Hope Devotional, titled “Tuning in to God”
She lay prostate on the cold tile floor, her head resting in a puddle of tears.
"Why God?" she asked, "Where are You?"
It will be okay.
"How? How will it ever be okay again?"
Do not fear. I am with you.
"I'm scared and tired and I can't do this anymore."
You don't have to. Let me.
"Can it really be that simple, Lord?"
Trust Me. I will be with you. I'll see you through.
With every sob a bit of tension released and soon her body could expel no more.
Do not fear.
She lay quiet, her breathing returning to its normal rhythm.
I am with you.
She sat up and dried her face.
I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you.
Though no circumstances changed, a miracle occurred. As she gave up control to trust His plan, her heart allowed hope to enter.
None of us like experiencing pain, but pain is the short cut to hearing God's voice. It forces us to seek Him like nothing else and He promises we will find Him when we seek Him.
Is pain stalking you, stealing your joy, making your life miserable? Take it to Almighty God. Take advantage of the awesome privilege to listen to Him speak specifically to you.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
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