When you struggle with trials in this world, do you wonder; Where is God? Does He hear me? Does He even know what I’m going through? Does He even love me? Does He care?
You may have heard it said in Hebrews “... He will never leave you nor forsake you.” But what does that mean?
When we are hurting and our hearts are broken, we use our own ways to forget that pain for a time. One may cut her legs or arms where no one can see. Another may binge or purge on her way home from school or work. Or one may take a couple of drinks, pop a pill or 2 or maybe even use a needle for relief. But what about Jesus? You may say “What about Him? I hurt and I need a fix right now.”
Are you willing to take the necessary steps so that when this heartache is over, you are standing in a good place? Is the temporary fix worth what comes afterwards? The physical pain? The scars? The hangover? The guilt?
When Jesus says in Hebrews “I will never leave you nor forsake you” that word “never” actually means: NEVER, CERTAINLY NOT, BY NO MEANS, NOT AT ALL!
Think about that! Not at all will I ever leave you! So when your tears fall to the ground and you think no one hears, He hears. When you’re heart is so overwhelmed and you think that no one cares, He cares. When you think that no one sees when you bring out that sharp object to cut, the needle to numb, or the food to forget, He sees. When you think your pain means nothing to anyone else, it means everything to Him.
You see – in Hebrews 12:2 it says “… who for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” That word “Joy” means “The persons who are one’s joy”. That’s YOU! You are the person of His Joy.
So take this scripture and put your name in it: “… for ______ that was set before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The one thing that gave Him the strength to endure that cross was you. His absolute love for you is why He gave it all.
Now, let’s give it all for Him.
Listen to Christina Machuca and how she made it through her struggles from Breaking Through 2011: