I will PROCLAIM the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
If you have known the Lord for anytime at all, you have, no doubt, experienced the greatness of our God. Since the day of your salvation, God has been writing your story. A story FULL of His divine, amazing grace. What has God done since that day? What storms has He calmed? What wounds has He healed? Are you proclaiming His greatness? Somebody needs to hear about the faithfulness of your God….somebody this very minute needs hope.
Think about it……….
How will the mom who has lost her precious baby know that He is the God of all comfort?
How will the wife whose husband left after many years of marriage know that He is the God that will never leave her nor forsake her?
How will the man who is bound by addiction find out that He is the God of deliverance and freedom?
How will the couple on the brink of divorce find out that He is the God of restoration and redemption?
How will the parents who are utterly devastated by the choices their child is making find the strength and courage to continue to pray and believe for divine intervention?
How will the woman who has just went through the brokenness of divorce find that her identity is not defined by her marital status but in who Christ says she is?
How will the man who feels he is at the end of his rope find hope and hear about Jesus dying on the cross for his salvation?
How will the lady who has just been diagnosed with cancer find faith to believe that Jesus is her healer?
How will the woman who aborted her baby and is now consumed with regret and shame find out the He is the God of abundant mercy and love?
How will the father who has lived a life of regrets and shame find out that He is the God of forgiveness and new beginnings?
How will the girl who feels she can never measure up and therefore, wants to give up, find that she is fearfully and wonderfully made…created by God who loves her completely and unconditionally?
I could go on and on with regards to life and the gut-wrenching things that people face day in and day out. Life is hard! This world needs HOPE. This world needs you to share the HOPE that has brought you through!
Jesus walks with us through the wilderness of pain, loss, rejection, and brokenness not only to transform us into His likeness and to heal us but so that others can be transformed and healed, as well.
Here is what I have found to be true. Broken people can confide in a Pastor for prayer and wisdom, which is very beneficial and recommended. They can go to a Godly, licensed counselor to help facilitate healing and wholeness, which is absolutely wise and proactive. They can share their pain with a friend which will bring great comfort to their hurting heart. But there is nothing like hearing God’s story of redemption and hope from someone who KNOWS what it is like to go through what you are experiencing.
I understand this first hand. The years of betrayal leading up to my divorce left my heart broken and full of loneliness and even shame, at times. For so long, within my close circle of friends, there was no one who had experienced what I was going through. Though they were so very kind and gracious, they couldn’t really understand my pain. When God finally brought someone into my life who had been where I was and was willing to share her own story, I found hope like I hadn’t had before. I devoured every word she had to say….I knew she understood me. The LIES that the enemy had been shouting to my wounded heart were exposed. I wasn’t the only ONE who ever faced this. I was NOT alone. My feelings were NOT crazy! God was STILL with me! Truth brought some bright hope to my darkness that day because one dear sister was willing to be transparent about her past and God was glorified.
Dear friend, our painful and messy lives can be used to proclaim God’s powerful message to the hurting!
Part of me wants to passionately ask…how can we NOT tell them? How can we not tell about how God gave us hope when we had none? How He saved, healed, redeemed, restored and delivered? How can we possibly keep silent when God has been so abundantly gracious to us?
Lord, thank You for Your amazing and precise grace that has saved us and brought us victoriously through our most darkest and unwanted seasons. May we boldly proclaim your goodness! Help us to bravely allow our struggles, brokenness, and pain to be used to bring GLORY and HONOR to your name. Amen!!
2 Corinthians 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.