"Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me" John 14:1
Written by Kevin L. Howard   
When you hurt, how do you handle it?  Where do you turn?


Sometimes when life goes sour, we grow angry.  We may become frustrated at God or others around us.  But God wants us to know he loves us even when things don't work out the way we wanted.


Just because you're hurting doesn't mean God stopped caring.  Perhaps circumstances have changed so that you no longer feel hopeful about the immediate future.  Don't deny your feelings.  Grieve your losses.  Take time to discuss your feelings with someone you trust.  And, by all means, tell God what you're going through.  But don't let your feelings determine your outlook for the future.  "Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God" (Ps 43:5).


God has wonderful things in store for his children.  He doesn't want you to pretend that life is easy when it isn't.  He doesn't want you to fake it.  But he doesn't want you defeated constantly either.  Through your pain and sorrow, trust that God has good things in store for you.  God "...satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's" (Ps 103:5).  Trust that he wants to pour himself into you.  "Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him" (Ps 34:8).


You won't always feel like it, but you can find something to thank God for.  You can reach out to someone who's worse off than you.  You can sing a praise song to his name, even if you have to sing through tears of sadness.  If you're a child of God, know that he loves you and has promised, not to carry you over troubles, but to abide with you through them.

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