SUFFERING ALONE & LINKUP {WEEK 3}

Suffering alone

Suffering Alone

You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.  (Psalm 88:18)

Have you ever been in the midst of a personal crisis, only to feel that your friends have disappeared?

Even if you did forgive them for abandoning you in a time of need, they still may not have come back to offer support.

In situations like this, it’s important to remember the One who promises to be there for you all the time.

When Paul was suffering from a “thorn in the flesh,” the Lord told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:7-9). In other words, He was telling the apostle, “I’ll take care of you.”

During our most trying moments—when we have nothing left to sustain ourselves—we can find strength in God.

He doesn’t set aside a reserve of grace and assistance to help us six months from now.

We get exactly what we need when we need it.

Our Father has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Heb. 13:5 NLT) and He has no intention of breaking that promise.

We may never know why the Lord allowed friends to forsake us when we needed them, but here’s one possibility: He might have been trying to teach us how to rely on Him.

At times the only way we will learn to lean on God is by finding that all other supports are gone.

At some point, we all experience the heartache of abandonment. But one thing is certain—Jesus Christ will be standing by our side to strengthen and deliver us in our time of need.

One day we’ll have the privilege of looking back over our lives and seeing how He proved His faithfulness over and over again.

 

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  • Grace, my heart hurts to think that you might be feeling alone in your suffering. Praying for you to experience God’s comfort and the solace of community in Christ.

    • Amen. Thank you very much Michelle for your encouragement and prayer. Just what I needed, though I am Ok now. Have a Blessed week.

  • Grace, my heart hurts to think that you might be feeling alone in your suffering. Praying for you to experience God’s comfort and the solace of community in Christ.

  • This has happened to me numerous times in life. When a crisis has hit friends you would normally rely on have been ‘unavailable.’ I’ve never blamed them, because the experiences have done just what you suggest, taught me to rely on God and God alone. If you’re currently experiencing this, Grace, I pray that God would reveal Himself to you in a new and tender way, and comfort you mightily in your affliction. Have a blessed week!

    • Amen. Thank you June for your encouragement. Actually, I have learned the lesson in a seemingly unexpected way. I have a habit of constantly running to friends and family when I’m in a fix, and most times often forget to go to God. Thanks June for stopping over.

  • This has happened to me numerous times in life. When a crisis has hit friends you would normally rely on have been ‘unavailable.’ I’ve never blamed them, because the experiences have done just what you suggest, taught me to rely on God and God alone. If you’re currently experiencing this, Grace, I pray that God would reveal Himself to you in a new and tender way, and comfort you mightily in your affliction. Have a blessed week!

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  • I looked for your comments like forever. How are you, Grace?
    Whatever Life presents is a lesson I need to learn. May be those friends were never meant to stay in the first place. And you are not alone!
    Sweet Blessings Grace and thanks for the linkup

    • Amen. You are very much appreciated. Have a great week.

  • It is true. Hard to walk through, but true..and so much better on the “other side”. Praising the Lord for His provision and strength. Visiting you today via #testimonyTuesday.

  • I went through this time a few years ago, and literally had no one there to support me but that’s when I truly found my faith in Jesus. It was hard at the time to go through but it has brought me such blessings in the aftermath. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  • Thanks for hosing and for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Going through a time like this does create blessings in the long run, but it is so hard while in the midst of it. Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

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