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Unread 1st June 2009, 03:00 PM
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Prayer God Knows Our Pain

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)
We all suffer grief. Sometimes it's the excruciating pain of losing someone we are very close to, whether through death or a move or just a loss of the relationship. Sometimes it's a change in a relationship. It might be a job loss, the loss of a pet, or a failure of some sort, which is the death of a dream. Whatever our pain, we need to remember three things:
  1. God understands.
  2. God cares.
  3. God can bring us through it and even make something beautiful out of it.
God empathizes with our pain. His own Son, Jesus, Who is God, suffered grief. I think readily of one example.
"When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" "(John 11:33-35)
Of all people, Jesus certainly knew about Heaven. He knew that Lazarus wasn't suffering. But He also knew that it hurt, to lose him. Even though we know someone is suffering less, or something is for the best, God doesn't expect us to just act like nothing has happened, or say "Well He is with Jesus praise God," and go happily on our way. It is wonderful to keep an eternal perspective. However, God has built grief into us as a normal emotion, and we need to allow ourselves to feel it and work through it. God cares about our pain. He knows everything, including our emotions, but He wants to hear from us.

"Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us." (Psalm 62:8)

He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him. He wants to hear our hurts. He isn't an aloof God who distances Himself from what we are going through. He is a loving God, a Shepherd, a Father. Those of you who are parents; think about how you feel for your children when they are grieving, over a friend who has moved, beloved pet who has been killed.
And our Heavenly Father loves us even more than we love our children. Imagine how much more than that even, He cares for us in our griefs! But the ultimate perspective we have does need to be eternal, as well as God's glory and purpose even now. And we often find God has taught us valuable lessons from our pain. I think of two valuable insights I have gained through pains I have encountered:

When we are hurting, and afterwards, we need to ask God to use this for His glory and to help his other children.

"who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (2 corinthians 1:4) "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
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If we lose our job, we worry about the bills. If we get sick, we wonder if it is 'the big one'. Are our children going to do well when they grow up? Will I have enough money to retire with? Will my lack of medical insurance mean I'll end up going bankrupt? Such concerns, which are part of life, are tests of our trust and hope in God as well as His faithfulness to us.
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Very uplifting. I can certainly use this. Thank you for putting this together!
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"Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us." (Psalm 62:8)

He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him. He wants to hear our hurts. He isn't an aloof God who distances Himself from what we are going through. He is a loving God, a Shepherd, a Father. Those of you who are parents; think about how you feel for your children when they are grieving, over a friend who has moved, beloved pet who has been killed.
And our Heavenly Father loves us even more than we love our children. Imagine how much more than that even, He cares for us in our griefs! But the ultimate perspective we have does need to be eternal, as well as God's glory and purpose even now. And we often find God has taught us valuable lessons from our pain. I think of two valuable insights I have gained through pains I have encountered."

'he was a man of sorrows aquainted with grief. Surely he has born our sorrows and carried our grieves." Isaiah 53

Yes God does understand. Thanks for calling us to look to our true Comforter.
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Originally Posted by Fixation On God View Post
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)
We all suffer grief. Sometimes it's the excruciating pain of losing someone we are very close to, whether through death or a move or just a loss of the relationship. Sometimes it's a change in a relationship. It might be a job loss, the loss of a pet, or a failure of some sort, which is the death of a dream. Whatever our pain, we need to remember three things:
  1. God understands.
  2. God cares.
  3. God can bring us through it and even make something beautiful out of it.
God empathizes with our pain. His own Son, Jesus, Who is God, suffered grief. I think readily of one example.
"When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" "(John 11:33-35)
Of all people, Jesus certainly knew about Heaven. He knew that Lazarus wasn't suffering. But He also knew that it hurt, to lose him. Even though we know someone is suffering less, or something is for the best, God doesn't expect us to just act like nothing has happened, or say "Well He is with Jesus praise God," and go happily on our way. It is wonderful to keep an eternal perspective. However, God has built grief into us as a normal emotion, and we need to allow ourselves to feel it and work through it. God cares about our pain. He knows everything, including our emotions, but He wants to hear from us.

"Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us." (Psalm 62:8)

He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him. He wants to hear our hurts. He isn't an aloof God who distances Himself from what we are going through. He is a loving God, a Shepherd, a Father. Those of you who are parents; think about how you feel for your children when they are grieving, over a friend who has moved, beloved pet who has been killed.
And our Heavenly Father loves us even more than we love our children. Imagine how much more than that even, He cares for us in our griefs! But the ultimate perspective we have does need to be eternal, as well as God's glory and purpose even now. And we often find God has taught us valuable lessons from our pain. I think of two valuable insights I have gained through pains I have encountered:

When we are hurting, and afterwards, we need to ask God to use this for His glory and to help his other children.

"who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (2 corinthians 1:4) "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
This is exactly what I needed, Thank you so much! I hope others will come and read this
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you all are so very welcome, I hope others read it too, but thank God for was it not He that gave me the discernment to put this all together, All glory to God
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"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 2:23)

If we lose our job, we worry about the bills. If we get sick, we wonder if it is 'the big one'. Are our children going to do well when they grow up? Will I have enough money to retire with? Will my lack of medical insurance mean I'll end up going bankrupt? Such concerns, which are part of life, are tests of our trust and hope in God as well as His faithfulness to us.
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This truly is uplifting...Thank God for people like you. I see nothing wrong with this thread. Surely God gave you words to write it.
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Also remember that in the end "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
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Originally Posted by Fixation On God View Post
Also remember that in the end "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
Thank you so much, again, because I was always wondering where to find that verse, and now I know where
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Good thread.

The Lord's peace be with you.
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Good thread, it's easy to forget this for some reason when I am hurting and frustrated and confused. I needed this as well, God bless you
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