Dear Sufferer, Christ Will Hold You Fast
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 6:27-28
Solemn music softly played in the background as I stared at the wall. My strength was used up; the burden upon my heart was heavier by the moment. I remained still, yet felt wildly out of control. My legs wanted to run but also seemed to be paralyzed. Listening closely to the lyrics, reminders that Jesus draws near to the sufferer bounced off the wall of my heart.
He didn’t feel near. I felt alone—isolated—and unseen. Grief had taken its toll, and I wasn’t sure how long I’d last in this state of depression.
When a season of suffering is prolonged, we begin to see just how much we need the abiding power of the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts, causing us to persevere in faith. We may find ourselves less likely to take credit for clinging to God. For we know it is He who clings to us.
Friend, I don’t know what you’re facing, but I know the God who reigns over your life and mine. He is worthy of our trust. When you feel yourself longing to run away from the pain before you, will you cry out to Him for help instead? Truly, when we feel we can’t go one step further down the path of sorrow—when we feel our faith failing—Christ will hold us fast.
What can separate us from the steadfast love of God? Nothing.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Father, sometimes the suffering of this life makes us weary beyond belief. And yet, it’s a beautiful thing to come to the end of ourselves and find Jesus there, keeping us in the faith. Thank You for sustaining us and protecting us. Thank You for holding us fast and keeping us near. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Write out Psalm 13 and pray it back to God.
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to three in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.