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HEALING THE PAIN

What do you do when you’re in despair? Some turn to drinking or illicit drugs, which is understandable, considering the lack of moderation and void of common sense prevalent in segments of our American society. All too many people have been afflicted with these evils. But does numbing of our senses, experiencing a temporary high, or escaping from a reality we find unacceptable, what we need?

Handling our physical, mental, or emotional pain is never easy. Finding answers to financial problems can seem impossible. Suicide may seem, to some, the only answer to a multitude of gripping situations. The loss of a loved one can be crushing. Nothing seems to diminish the resulting loneliness and pain we experience even while in the supportive company of friends.

A multitude of experiences can result in despair. So what’s a person to do? The best way to start healing is to turn to Jesus. Only He fully understands despair. His nature is not only divine, but human. Jesus prevented from despairing by turning to His Father in heaven during prayer each morning. He dealt with accusations from the Pharisees many days. He came in contact with people in deplorable conditions daily. The demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes, the man at the pool of Bethesda, the woman who’d hemorrhaged for twelve years and hadn’t found a doctor to help her, are examples. He could have despaired in not knowing if He had the reserves of strength needed to heal these. Jesus’ strength came from daily communing with His Father.

Late in His ministry in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus experienced such anguish when He faced the Cross alone, after His Father hid His face from Him, that Jesus sweat drops of blood. An angel came to Jesus to strengthen Him, allowing Him to press forward with His mission to save the world by sacrificing His life for our sins.

Our having a close relationship with Jesus allows Him to raise us from the depths of despair when we call on Him. King David in the Bible called on God often when his enemies sought to ruin him or to take his life. David praised God regularly in his psalms, thereby preventing despair. We can avert falling into a pit by remembering to talk to God every morning. He’s our faithful friend even when others fail us.

For those struggling with financial problems, getting credit counselling is smart. But ultimately, tithing — giving that ten percent of our income back to God — usually ensures God’s faithful protection of our finances.

God can guide our lives if we’d only let Him. Only He knows what we need. He has a glorious path laid out for us. While in prayer and meditation, listen to His voice. He will lead each of us and won’t disappoint. He loves us.

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