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God will make a way even where there seems to be no way.
"I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19


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February 26, 2018:   

Where was God when my world fell apart?
#hurtingpeople #Godinthevalley

Lamentations 3:33 “For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.”

You may not have even been born in the 1950’s, but I’m sure you’ve heard of “Leave it to Beaver.” Ward and June Cleaver were the perfect parents, and any problems Wally or Beaver (mostly Beaver) had could be solved with their Dad’s gentle wisdom in 30 minutes. Wouldn’t it be great if life were really that simple?

The reality of life is much different from the Cleaver sitcom. We lived with two imperfect parents if we had two parents at all. They didn’t always have the answers and, if fact, may or may not have had any wisdom. For many people, one or both parents were absent, substance abuse was prevalent, and the needs of the kids weren’t met. The children may have been neglected, abandoned, rejected or even abused.

I know people who are suffering as adults too. They’ve been betrayed or abandoned, the spouse or loved one wants out of the relationship, or they’ve been rejected and ignored by their own kids. They’ve waited for years to find someone and yet they’re still alone. There’s a desperate illness, heartache, sorrow or an aching loneliness, and they can’t help but wonder why a loving God has allowed them to suffer like this. Where was God when their world fell apart?

The answer is simple. God was and is where He always has always been…“behind you and before you, with you when you sit down or stand up, seeing everything, hearing every word and seeing every tear (Psalm 139:1-5).

According to verse 3, God “compasses” our path. Compass is an old English word that means to encircle something. It also means to contrive or use something to accomplish a specific purpose. What a wonderful word to describe how God uses the hurts of our lives for our good and His glory!

Without going into the grim details of my childhood, I can tell you living with a brutally violent and then absent father and a mentally ill mother takes dysfunction into a whole new category. Many years ago, I was chatting with a Christian friend, who knew about my childhood. He told me the reason I have this burning passion to “help” people is because no one was there to help or rescue me when I was a child.

Wow! You mean the reason I’m a “broken, wounded healer” with a heart for others is because of my childhood? While I’d much prefer passing right over the “broken” and “wounded” to the healer part, it’s not the way life or our hearts work. In my heart I know we live in a world broken by sin, so I know God didn’t make the bad things happen. What He did was “compass me about” to protect me when they did and He is now using my pain to be a blessing to others.

What sorrow or hurt or rejection are you broken over today? You can be assured by Lamentations 3:33 that God wouldn’t let that hurt come into your life if it weren’t necessary. Not only will God protect you and walk beside you as you walk through it, but He will also use your pain to bless others if you’ll let Him. In the meantime, take a deep, healing breath and keep on walking, knowing you can trust God’s heart when you cannot see His hand.

Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today, trusted that God has “compassed us about” as we go through the tough times?


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