Weather Report From Heaven: Sunny and bright, with an abundance of light and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”- John 16:33
Insight: Today as we continue our look at Jesus as the Great Physician and Healer, who alone is able to heal all aspects of our life, we look at how Jesus can emotionally heal us when we suffer great loss. We know that this life has great pain, and that we all will suffer and encounter troubles that cause us to stumble and mourn. Jesus told His Disciples this in John 16:33 above, but He also gave them the antidote for the pain, and that was our relationship with Him, which leads to inexplicable peace even in the midst of great pain and suffering. Because this life is just a stepping stone to eternity, and because Jesus has defeated death and overcome the grave, we have hope that allows us to endure the pain that accompanies us living in this fallen and sinful world. Injustice will not have the final say, and righteousness will reign when Jesus returns to earth ( Psalm 9:8) to set the score right. But in the meantime, we have things that happen to us that cause us to mourn. We lose loved ones, we are falsely accused, we suffer hardships that shake our foundation. We go through pandemics which cause the entire world to grind to a halt. We have no idea sometimes what is lurking around the next corner. So where do we turn for peace and healing?
Jesus promises to be with us, and to “never leave us or forsake us.” in Hebrews 13:5. One of my favorite verses in the whole Bible for when our circumstances are riddled with pain and mourning greater than our ability to endure is Psalm 34:18 which says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” That is a promise we need to hold on to when the pain that is inevitable in this life shows up at our doorstep, because the hope in that verse is immense. It promises He holds on to us and keeps us going when it seems impossible on our own. Psalm 147:3 promises “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” In this fallen world, pain is inevitable but Jesus can help us through it. He can remind us that this life is not the end for those who believe, but only the beginning. He is the One with all the power and righteousness, and one day soon He is coming to set things right in power and with justice. When we are mourning, we need to cling to the promises we find in His word. It is what sustains us and gives us hope that we will see the ones we love who have left this earth before us again. Revelations 21:4-7 is filled with great hope and it can change our focus from present pain to future glory. It promises better days ahead when it proclaims: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.” Until then, we do the best we can dealing with the pain that accompanies us in this life. It is many times not fair, and it is not easy. But God promises He will redeem all that has been broken. Trust in that when all hope seems lost.
Prayer: Jesus thank you that You are the One who can make everything new. You can hold us up in our sorrow, pain and mourning and you can sustain us with your proximity and promise of better days to come. We need you now Lord Jesus, as the world seems to grow dimmer by the day. In your mighty name we pray. Amen!