SONG: This week’s song is Your Hands by J.J. Heller. I chose it with several dear friends in mind who have experienced senseless loss. This song deals with enduring the burden of pain while resting in the hands of a Loving Father. The pain of things like an untimely death, a sudden illness, a bitter divorce or long-term infertility can leave a person questioning whether God cares or even exists. How could a loving God allow such pain? Heller’s heartfelt declaration of faith in the face of heartbreaking circumstances is an encouragement that reminds us that God knows our pain and carries us through it. One of the names of God is El Roi, the God Who Sees. He sees you and He loves you in your deepest pain and will carry you through it.
SCRIPTURE: I actually have two scriptures of encouragement this week. Inexplicable loss touches so many of our lives that it bears noting that the Lord holds the universe and each individual life in His hands. Though we may be unable to make sense of things that happen, we can rest assured that He sees us and knows our sorrows.
The book of Job chronicles the devastation of a man who was righteous and loved God deeply. His assets, his family and his health were stripped of him. Yet in Job 12:10, in reply to his friends who question his continued faith, he said:
For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being.
Job understood the sovereignty of God, even in the midst of his darkest hour. He refused to “curse God and die” at the urging of his loved ones.
Wearied by the troubles of his life, King David also knew that the Father’s hands are the safest place. David’s words in Psalm 31 speak of trust despite pain:
Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, LORD, my faithful God.
We never leave God’s hands, even if it doesn’t appear or feel that way. His able hands hold us and sustain us. Even Jesus, as he languished on the cross, quoted from Psalm 31:5 as He was about to die. He placed Himself in His Father’s hands at the darkest moment of all history. Jesus knew that despite the suffering He endured on the cross that Father God was at work.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, my pain and disappointment challenge my faith sometimes. I ask you to rescue my heart in the midst of my pain even if my circumstances aren’t changing. I commit my life to Your hands and ask you to take my pain and give me Your perfect peace. Thank You for being constant in Your love for me. In Your name I pray, AMEN.
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.