When you think about how big and how awesome God is it’s easy to also think that we can’t relate to Him. He is from another dimension. He is on a different level and yet He is our Father. He is almighty and powerful and He is caring and close to us. It blows my mind that the creator of the universe loves us all so much. It feels like we don’t deserve His love most of the time but He adores us. Now, when I think about what Jesus did for us on the cross, I have no words. No words can express my gratitude and the awe that I feel. I can’t imagine why Someone so pure and so holy loves me the way He does. It’s just amazing but it is real. One thing I need to keep in mind is that Jesus came as the Son of Man and the Son of God and He was tempted as a man. He was tempted in many ways but He conquered temptation. On the cross He suffered for all of us. He knows how your present-day pain feels like. He knows how tormenting some thoughts are. He knows your anguish and your anxiety. He has seen it all. He has lived it all. He understands your pain. He understands your problems. He understands it all. He understands you. Today I am here to relate that message again. God understands you. He knows what you are going through and He will get through it. He is not blind to your tears. He is right there with you and He knows He can set you free from your misery.
“Jesus was in the desert forty days being tempted by the devil” (Mark 1:13). 40 days of temptation is a long time. We all go through deserts of temptation and fail after an hour or two. We couldn’t last 40 days. Jesus won over temptation and His victory is ours as well. If we believe in Him and follow Him, He will bless us in the desert and He will help us resist temptation. Temptation is the desire to do something wrong or unwise. How many times have we been tempted to do some unwise things and just gave in? God understands temptation but He is not passively watching us going through it. He is calling us and telling us that He can get us through it. He is stronger than temptation. He is wise beyond anything and His Spirit can lead us through the maze of temptation so we don’t yield to it. The enemy loves it when we fall but the Lord will always catch us when we do. I am not saying that sinning is acceptable and that we shouldn’t worry about it. I am saying that when we do fall, when we do sin, we can be forgiven. We need to take one step forward by turning to God for forgiveness. When you are ready to give in, give God another chance. He will turn things around for you.
You are not alone even in the middle of your season of loneliness. During times when we feel all alone, there is a Savior who loves us dearly and who wants to communicate with us. Times of loneliness call for more times spent in prayer. God will speak to you when you are willing to listen. He will talk to you the best way He knows how and He will comfort you. He will send a good soul your way. He will send a blessing in the form of a friend or He will speak directly to your heart and tell you that He understands you. He has been there and He can deliver you from the darkness and the despair. Your frustration today was felt by the Lord before. The sorrow that is squeezing you into a narrow place of fear was felt by the Lord. The heavy heart you have today was carried by the Lord before. God will carry you and free you. He will give you peace and He give you hope again. You are not alone. He knows you in and out and He has just what you need. Take comfort in how the Lord knows you and understands you. I am excited about what the Lord is going to do for you and how comforting He is going to be once you surrender yourself to Him completely. Great things are on the way. Stay in faith!
Suggested reading: Psalm 139:2; John 4:6; Matthew 27:46