|Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:00 AM|
In all their suffering He also suffered, and He personally* (In Hebrew and the angel of His presence) rescued them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years. Isaiah 63:9
When my son suffers I suffer. So there is no doubt in my mind that when God sees His children suffering He does not suffer with them too. As it is said in Psalms 56:8 “You keep track of all my sorrows*(Or my wanderings) You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.” For all the times I wandered from the path God had for me, sorrow found me. Like a sheep separated from its flock that feeling of being lost, alone and afraid I know He wept for me, wishing I would understand His ways, “the way to peace” Luke 19:42. Yet all of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We all at one point or another leave God’s path to follow our own Isaiah 53:6 believing that we know better than our Creator that we can find the best way of life yet often times find ourselves in sorrow.
“Turn to me for healing.” He cries in Isaiah 6:10 or if you prefer the Greek version “they cannot turn to me and let Him heal them.” The reason I spent thirty something years in darkness is because I looked to this world to heal me, the things of this world, the people of this world. I had eyes but I was blind to see God I had ears but refuse to hear God. Every day of those thirty something years I could see the clouds, sun, moon, stars, feel the season’s change and somehow surrounded by all the wonder, infinite wisdom of His glorious majesty I turned to this world instead of the Creator of it.
So the LORD must wait for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for His help. O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, He will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:18-21
In 1 Samuel 30 when David and his men came back from a war they found their homes raided and burned to the ground. Their enemy had carried their wives and children away. When his men saw what had happened “they wept till they could not weep no more.” 1 Samuel 30:6…But David found strength in the LORD his God. He asked the LORD “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?” In other words “Father, should I fight? Will I win?” And the LORD told David “Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!” So that is what he did. David got back everything the enemy had taken” 30:19 Nothing was missing: small or great, son or daughter, nor anything else that had been taken. David brought everything back.
Countless times I have wept till I could weep no more for all that I have lost only to turn around and have gained much more in my life. Nothing in my life was ever taken that God did not give back to me or replace. Sometimes He requires me to let things go so that I could be given more and like a child with her favorite toy I held onto things so tight as if they could never be replaced, but not anymore. I have come to learn that when I have God, I have all that I need. God is with me, who dare fight against me. What enemy would dare steal, kill or destroy something God has given to me. Proverbs 10:22 The blessings of the LORD makes a person rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. He says in verse 24 the hopes of the godly will be granted and in verse 28 the hopes of the godly result in happiness. I don’t doubt that David’s request was granted that day nor was anything less than happiness felt on that day. But He did have to fight for it, it did require the strength of God to pull him out of his sorrow and snap him back to life and remember that He served the Most High God he need not look to this world for help or healing all he needed to do was look to God, seek His answers to hear God say “You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!”
Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. Isaiah 61:7