“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.” Psalm 62:5 NIV
What are some painful experiences you have gone through? Does the feeling of sorrow bring you comfort or agony? I know this may seem like a strange question—comfort from sorrow…but bear with me.
Two years ago, my family and I were visiting my uncle who was sick with cancer. He was dying and my heart was breaking. Sitting with my uncle at his house, we started to sing some hymns. Why are we singing hymns at a time like this? After a couple of songs, “It Is Well with My Soul” by Horacio Spafford surfaced, and with tears streaming down my face ,I glanced at my uncle who was singing along with everyone else. Oh, what a glorious sight this was! Even during pain and sorrow, my uncle found comfort and peace in God. It was well with his soul, and his hope was in something eternal, and the peace God gave Him in this tragic circumstance radiated.
Christians, what an amazing gift of joy this is: through pain and suffering we can look to Christ who provides our restless souls with comfort and hope. It is so easy for us to get distracted by pain, worry, sorrow, depression, and anxiety…almost to the point we forget about our almighty Physician who provides our souls with the remedy of His everlasting presence.
Instead of focusing on feelings of pain in our sorrow, we must fix our eyes on Jesus and rely on Him for deliverance.
Two years later, I still wish my uncle was here. I have joy, though, knowing He is experiencing eternal glory with our Heavenly Father. When we look to Jesus, our soul finds rest. It is well indeed.
Heavenly Father, please help me to always fix my gaze upon You and the comfort You so freely provide. Even in the midst of pain, I thank you Lord for the peace you give my aching heart. Soothe my soul with remembrance of Your goodness and sustain me as I cast my burden upon You.
Do you have a habit of drowning in your sorrows to the point of despair? As Charles Spurgeon put it, “Give to the winds thy fears. Hope, and be undismayed. God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears, He shall lift up thy head." Read Psalm 62:5, and reflect on the confidence we have in Christ, the ultimate Physician.