Does God Care When We Hurt?

Renee Ann Smith —  July 27, 2015 — 11 Comments

When We Hurt Beth MooreSometimes when we’re hurting, we wish for a God whose arms we can feel and voice we can hear.

But Martha and Mary’s story reminds me that if Jesus were still on earth, His ability to be physically with each one of us would be severely limited.

Part of the faith journey is learning to live in the world of the spirit,

Where God’s comfort comes to our souls in a miraculous work of grace

That is beyond what I can explain or describe.

During the times when I have hurt the most, God has used His faithful servants and His Word and His peace that passes understanding to show me His heart for me.

Here are some favorite verses to immerse myself in during those times. What are some of your favorites?

From Psalm 34 . . .

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry.” (vs. 15)

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them. He delivers them from all their troubles.” (vs. 17)

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (vs. 18)

“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” (vs 19)

“The Lord will rescue his servants. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.” (vs. 21)

Psalms 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Philippians 4:6&7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I love how those Philippians verses sound in The Message: “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.

It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Psalm 139:16: “Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth. All the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”

Psalm 139:9&10: “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139 God Knew me at conception

And, of course, I can rarely end a post without sharing some quotes! I appreciate these wise words from a man who has been through dark times himself . . .

“Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be in your darkest days,

When your heart is broken,

When you feel abandoned,

When you’re out of options,

When the pain is great and you turn to God alone.” ~Rick Warren

I’m thankful that God understands our hearts so well and makes sure to show us again & again that we can trust His.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

11 responses to Does God Care When We Hurt?

  1. Renee…How humbling and comforting to know God IS with us during our darkest times. In our finite thinking, we tend to minimize His presence in every detail of our life. Thank you for reminding us through Scripture that God IS presence and aware of what we struggle with. We don’t struggle alone. So glad to have you share at Monday’s Musings.

  2. I am so grateful that in my moments of trembling, I can come to Him who is unshakeable. It is there I find strength & comfort. Thank you for reminding me of the Beth Moore quote!

  3. Some of my favorite passages here. Thank you for sharing :)

  4. I always enjoy your lovely posts. I especially enjoyed all of the scriptures and thoughts today. I am so grateful that I know that these scriptures are true. I believe the Savior walks with us on our sojourn on earth. Our Father In Heaven is but a prayer away.
    Hugs for this one!

  5. So encouraging to know the Lord and His provision for the shaky times!!! Beautiful graphics.

  6. God is real and He does care even when we are troubled by circumstances, health, or relationships. Jesus felt all those emotions while here on earth, and He does understand every heart ache and pain that we have. Thank you for your lovely post shared here at Tell Me a Story.
    http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

  7. Just reading those beautiful words is very encouraging. So many wonderful promises for us to keep holding on to faith.

  8. Yes! I am so thankful for how He cares and for how much He chose to reveal to us about His love. Thank you for these beautiful and encouraging words!

  9. I love that Beth Moore quote and there are so many good Bible passages here. Thanks for sharing at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  10. Great quote and pic from Beth Moore. So grateful God is unshakeable! Thanks for sharing and linking up this week, Renee!

  11. Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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