It’s hard to have faith when life is hard, but something I’ve been comforted by over the years is the realization that God understands my pain.
Whether my pain is from the consequences of my own actions or something completely beyond my control, God loves me and will not abandon me.
God Understands Weakness
In one of his letters to the churches, the Apostle Paul says something amazing:
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” - Hebrews 4:15-16
God understands our weaknesses and has experienced them in his own way. He knows the pain our struggles cause us, no matter if we’re a new believer or have been building our faith for years. This means we can feel more confident reaching out to Him for help, without being overwhelmed by shame or guilt.
Even the people you admire most in life have undergone some immense struggles. God forgives us for so much, and the pain our weaknesses cause us doesn’t have to last forever.
God Understands Sadness
When His friend Lazarus died, Jesus wept for him, even though He planned to raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:35). God understands our sadness. He made you, including your feelings.
And you don’t have to hide anything from God or put on a brave face. You can be yourself and share your sadness with Him. He will help you through it.
It can be hard to connect with God during a really difficult time. But it is always possible. Something as simple as focusing on Him, saying a brief prayer, or writing a letter to Him may help. He knows your heart, and cares about what you’re facing right now.
God Is Love
We hear it all the time: God is love (1 John 4:8). But what does it mean? I think one of the most powerful meanings of this teaching lies in how God puts people in our lives to show us His love and kindness, even when we are struggling in our faith or have given up belief in Him.
No matter how hard things get, or where you are in your faith, there are people who love you, care about you, and want to help you get through this painful time in your life. This could be a parent, a longtime friend, or a new acquaintance. Even the smallest gestures of kindness can be great reminders that we’re loved.
If you feel like you have no one to turn to right now, don’t despair or give up. Talk to a HopeCoach at TheHopeLine whenever you need a listening ear. We can help you find greater hope and encouragement during this difficult time. We are here for you, and we want you to know there is always hope.