We can have hope in our hurt. We’ve heard it said that God never gives us more than we can bear. Don’t you believe it. It’s not in the Bible.
Where Does it Hurt?
What’s hurting? Is it your health? Maybe it’s a relationship problem? Is there something you’ve been hoping and praying for, and the answer seems to be something between “no” and “not yet?” Are you dealing with something going on at school, some kind of rumor going around? Maybe you’re feeling like you’re in a long season of unappreciated work at your job? Are you feeling afraid, lonely, sad, betrayed? Have you been hurting for a while now? Has it been going on for a really long time? Is it something that just doesn’t seem to heal?
The Father of Compassion
Pastor Ben’s sermon drew from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 NIV
Rely on God
“God never gives us more than we can bear.” Right? That often mis-quoted verse is not in the Bible. It’s a well-meaning, though misguided thought. It’s said in times of trial when it seems like it may be of some comfort. It’s similar to 1 Corinthians 10:13b – where it reads, “…And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” As you can see, it’s not quite the same sentiment. Rather, the idea that God wants us to rely on him, utterly, is closer to God’s character.
Comfort in Our Hurt
Of course we expect to hear that God provides comfort in our hurt. We find though, that God does not limit his comfort to this hurt or that hurt. Paul writes that God comforts us in ALL our trials. Not only comfort, but God meets us in the midst of our hurt.
“Not only does God meet us personally in our trials,” says Paul, “But He also uses us as examples unto others in the midst of theirs.”
– Pastor Ben
Wherever you hurt, God wants to be right there with you; comforting, consoling, and building you up, so you can be an encouragement to others. Listen to Pastor Ben’s message, “Hope in Hurt” for more.