I’m a single entity out of billions masquerading as the one who has it all figured out. I’m a single soul swimming in an endless ocean full of stronger fish than I. I swim nonetheless.
Sometimes I pose as a herculean god, full of power, poise, and prowess. Other moments I am as a homeless man, destitute of reason, righteousness, and a real sense of purpose.
I have moments of wisdom and I have moments of failure. I stand upon the mountaintop while simultaneously wasting in the valley. I speak to every man, woman, and child because deep inside of us, there is a piece to be shared.
We were born for more.
You’re reading this and you’re broken. I can feel it. I can sense it.
The pressure of the unattainable crushes your hopes and dreams. The ball and chain of your past threatens to hold you under. You reached for the stars but found a fist full of dirt.
I see the vast scope of humanity parading innocently with the hopes that nobody will see through their facade. I feel the wretched pain coursing through the air from those who have experienced great loss, yet smile.
This world is broken and fragile, yet we wish to be seen as whole.
A symptom of our greatest disease.
I can only imagine that many of you scoff at the idea of hope beyond yourself. It is as if the measure of time has suffocated the very light you were born with.
All that it took was one person.
An abusive parent.
A foregone conclusion that you saw coming, but wished wasn’t true. The signs were always there. How could you have missed it? You blame yourself for the physical bruises and the mental scarring.
“Maybe they would have loved me if I had only done better…if I had been better.”
The weight of their failure rests on your shoulders and forgiveness can’t be experienced because you don’t even know how to give it to yourself.
A lost lover.
Their words secured you to a foundation that you thought was stable. Their presence consumed you. It filled you with a drunken stupor, a magnificent high.
What goes up must come down.
At some point you realized that they weren’t who they said they were. They walked out on you. Told you that you were worthless and that they never loved you. Heaven turns to hell. You flew high and crashed hard.
“Maybe they were right.”
The echo of their validity keeps you awake at night. You can’t escape from what you believe to be reality.
A dying loved one.
Why do the good die young? What did they ever do to deserve this? How could a loving God be so hateful?
The grief of death consumes you. Maybe it was expected, maybe it wasn’t. Regardless, knowledge doesn’t reduce the ache. Wisdom never heals, only motivates.
“What good is hope if death is around the corner?”
You feel cornered by a mocking voice pointing fingers, saying “you’re next.” Nothing can alleviate the pain.
I could continue, but I’m sure you need no reminder of the demon you face. The question, then, is “Why?”
Why wake up tomorrow?
Why lie down for sleep tonight?
Why should I care?
Have I touched a nerve? I hope I’m pressing on your wound, because I want to give you healing. I don’t want to give you a band-aid like the rest of the world does.
I want to give you a lifetime of healing.
I want to give you something that will make you believe that pain is purposeful, that pain can be good, and that scars are beautiful.
What if I told you of a man fully aware of the hurt you experience? What if I told you of a man that died a guilty man’s death, but had never committed any wrong? What if I told you of a man that wants nothing more than for you to experience peace?
What if I told you of a man who had the power to calm the storms?
What if I told you of a man who had the power to overcome death itself?
Would you listen?
You may know of Him.
His name is Jesus and He feels your pain.
You may scoff — That’s OK.
You may curse — He understands.
You may shake your fist — He hears you.
God was supposed to be kind.
God was supposed to be loving.
God was supposed to have my back.
Where was God when my dad killed my mom?
Where was God when I had the noose around my neck?
Where was God when I needed Him most?
We came to God with a presupposed idea that He was to be our proverbial “Genie in a bottle.” Obviously, we were wrong.
What if I were to paint a picture of a God vastly different than that, but just as loving, if not more, towards you?
1.) There is a God, and He is sovereign.
“In the beginning, God…” Genesis 1:1a
The Bible presupposes that God is real. It does not detail His creation. God was, is, and is yet to come. He has always existed and He will always be in control.
2.) He made the world like Himself: Perfect.
“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!” Genesis 1:31
3.) Man messed it up.
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened…” Genesis 3:6-7
4.) Sorrow, Sickness, and Death came into the world.
“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” Romans 5:12
5.) God hates sin, and cannot have it in His presence.
“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lie, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.” Proverbs 6:16-19
6.) God sent His own Son, Jesus, to be the sacrifice for our sins.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
7.) You must turn from sin, and follow Him.
“For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” Ezekiel 18:32
8.) God is faithful to save you.
“for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
9.) God gives you peace, healing, and hope.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
I write all of that to prove to you that hope and peace is not an absence of pain and death. Hope and peace is the presence of Jesus, and knowing that He will be faithful to keep us, and restore the world to what it once was.
Jesus promised that life would be difficult, especially for people who follow Him. I don’t understand why many assume that God is hateful because they experienced pain.
Join the club. We’ve all been hurt. It doesn’t mean God isn’t good. It doesn’t mean God isn’t real. It just means that sin is real and the devil sucks.
Your life is meant to be more than getting by and barely surviving. You were meant for more.
Jesus loves you. He knows your pain. He felt it Himself. He wants your heart.
Trust Him. He is the healing to all of your pain. He is the loving, righteous, just, King of all that there is, and yet He looks on you as His child.
He is good.
Topics such as today’s lend themselves to questions. If you’re still reading this, and would like to ask questions, I’m always open for discussion. You will not be judged. I want you to know the truth, and I believe that the Bible has the answers.
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You are loved.
You are valued.