Where is God When I Hurt?

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By: Kristen Sigmon


We tend to do great with God when life is good, but what happens when God allows hard times in our lives? We get angry. We begin to doubt. We question why He lets things happen. He could have prevented this so why didn’t He?

Life crises tend to cause faith crises.

Breaking up with your boyfriend.
The death of a parent or grandparent.
The death of a friend who didn’t know Jesus personally.
A natural disaster or tragedy that causes the death of thousands.
Finding out your best friend betrayed you.

It’s unrealistic for us to think that if we’re Christian we should just be able to accept the situations God hands us and smile through them. As Christians we should be have hope remembering God is preparing something great for us after this life. But the pain we experience in this life is very real and it hurts! We have to feel our pain in order to get through it.

When you face a hard time, these things may help you get through it:


-Tell God how you really feel. God already knows, but He wants us to be real with Him. Our true feelings – even the ugliest ones – don’t make Him love us any less. When we’re real with Him, He can begin healing our hurts. But if we can’t admit to Him our true feelings, chances are we can’t admit them to ourselves either, and we’ll be stuck.
-Read some of the Psalms that express anger and pain. For instance: Psalm 31, 71, 73, 77 and 109. Also, check out Lamentations. I bet you’ll identify with some of the writers’ feelings.
-Find someone to talk to who will encourage you or just listen. Talking to someone helps you process through your situation.
-Pray a simple prayer for what you need. For instance: God help me! Help me get through this. Help me see & feel You here because I feel like You’ve left me.
-Read some of the Psalms for encouragement. For instance: Psalm 40, 121, 116, 136, and 138.
-Finally, try to look for the good in your situation. Can you find one thing to be thankful for? Thank God for it.

The key to coming out of a hard situation well is dealing with your pain and feelings and with God as soon as possible. If you don’t, you may experience harmful consequences later in life, such as bitterness, rage, consistent unhappiness, cynicism, depression, or unbelief.

As Angela pointed out yesterday, God deeply cares for us and what we’re going through. He is a safe place for us to express our emotion. Jesus says, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Also David says, “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall” (Psalm 55:22).

The answer to the question, where is God when I hurt?, is that He’s right there with you. He is always with you and there for you in every situation. We’re here for you too. If you ever want to share a burden or want to request prayer for something going on in your life, just email us at radrevolution@proverbs31.org.

Peace friends,

Kristen

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