Isaiah 6:1 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”
It is inevitable that if a person lives long enough, he or she will face disappointments, denials, delays and even the death of a loved one. In this text, when King Uzziah died Isaiah lost the friendship (and some Biblical scholars even say kinship) to someone that he undoubtedly loved. Many of us know all too well the hurt he must have felt when he learned of this news.
It does not matter who your parents are, where you live, what you make, what you drive, how you dress, who you know or what you know. No one is immune to feeling heartbreak. Jesus said it best as recorded in John 16:33(a) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: …”
It is important to know that we ALL are impacted with difficulties of some variety at various points in our lives. The crucial question for consideration is “How will I deal with this hurt?” Will I carry a chip on my shoulder for the employer who downsized my position? Will I be passive aggressive with my spouse or child due to having to face a complaint from a customer? Do I carry an attitude with God and stop praying because he called my mother home? And then, where do I take these raging, hurting emotions?
First, know that God said He will take our burdens, hurts and cares. I Peter 5:7 (AMP) “Casting all your cares (all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares about you (with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully).” Secondly, recognize that prayer is the means in which we release the pentup tension, disappointment, anger and hurt that comes our way.
Be assured that your prayers as His child do not fall on deaf ears. Psalm 34:17 “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” Finally, recognize that God’s help to us is ongoing. Isaiah 50:7 (AMP) “For the Lord GOD helps Me, Therefore, I have not been ashamed or humiliated.”
Even though we get hurt, the Believer will not stay hurt! Psalm 3:3 “But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”
Andrae P. Crismon Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center, Church of God in Christ, in Murfreesboro and the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal.” He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org