"I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in a season to one that is weary." - Charles Spurgeon
There was a pile of notebooks on my dresser, and as I looked at them one day they reminded me of my own life in a way. Like those notebooks, my life has been filled with many chapters and a large amount of them have been chapters of affliction....
There have been days I have asked the question, "why?" and "why so many difficult seasons?" If your asking yourself the same questions, I do not have all the answers. But what I do know is this:
* I am grateful for every one.
*Grateful for where they ultimately brought me.
*Grateful for what some of them steered me from.
*Grateful that they filled my heart with a compassion and an understanding that I would not be so in tune with had I not been afflicted in these ways.
*Grateful that had it not been for these things, I would not know the difference between walking through a storm relying on myself vs walking through a storm relying on Christ.
A million times over I would choose the latter.
Christ, alive in me, after such great affliction that He Himself suffered, comforts and strengthens me in a way which only pain knows pain.
So a hundred times over, I would walk through the deep again. To meet Christ in the deep waters ahead of me, and to meet you, my friend, in the waters of affliction that are perhaps surrounding you.
Yes, Jesus knew pain.
He knew sorrow. (Matthew 26:38)
He knew ridicule. (Mark 15:19, Luke 22:63)
He knew loneliness. (Matthew 27:46)
He knew rejection. (John 6:66)
He knew weariness. (John 4:6)
He knew poverty. (Matthew 8:20)
He knew physical pain. (Isaiah 53:7-8)
He knew abuse. (Mark 14:65, Luke 22:63)
He knew suffering. (Hebrews 2:18)
He knew temptation. (Hebrews 2:18)
Whatever you are going through-Jesus understands. He knows. He is there for you and will help you if you go to Him.
So run to Him who knows your pain, He who knows pain. Run into his arms and be strengthened and comforted. Run into His arms....and be KNOWN.
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -yet was without sin. "
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