August 2, 2022

Joel Hernandez
"3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" 4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng."
Psalm 42:3-4

Reminding ourselves of God’s faithfulness and provision in the midst of pain, suffering, and hardship is a big piece of having joy in all things. God doesn’t promise a life with no struggle or tears, but He does promise His peace and presence regardless of the circumstance. When we find ourselves in the middle of the unimaginable, we can remind ourselves of the hope we have in Jesus by reflecting on His promises and all the ways He has cared for us and will continue to.

This doesn’t mean that doing so is easy. It can feel near impossible to remember His goodness and answered prayers when we are going through trials. Even Jesus asks God to “take this cup from me” leading up to His crucifixion.

Suffering isn’t unique to us; even the King of Kings was sweating blood, crying out to God to change His circumstances if it were possible. God truly sees, hears, and understands our cries, our tears, and our hardship because He is no stranger to it. How comforting to have a God who can truly relate to us and, in His love, chooses to give us comfort and hope.