BCL Grow: God Knows Your Sorrows — Psalm 73:26
Psalm 73:26 (Perseverance)
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My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. — Psalm 73:26
“It must be our desire, therefore, if we want to be disciples of Christ, to fill our minds with such a great reverence for God and with such an unrestrained obedience that we may triumph over all contrary inclinations and submit to his plan.” — John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life, III.X.3
Steps to Take
1. Recognize: We can be both honest with and respectful toward our heavenly Father in our prayers. Perhaps something has happened where you, or someone you love dearly, feel like God has singled you out in a punitive way by allowing a tragedy to occur. You may be angry and confused and your whole world has been rocked so hard that you don’t know if you can survive.
2. Know: God knows all things. He knows you are hurting. He knows you are confused. He knows you can’t see the whole picture like he does. You can tell God that you feel angry. You can tell him that you don’t understand why you have to go through a particular trial.
3. Act: Be honest with your heavenly Father and cry out to him with a humble heart. Ask him to help you understand the “why’s” and “what now’s” of your circumstances as much as he is willing to do. God has his reasons for allowing suffering in the lives of his children—one being to strengthen our faith (James 1:3). We need to trust in his goodness even when we can’t see it with our own eyes or experience it in the moment. Take heart that one day we will look back from the other side of the shore and say, “He has done all things well” (Mark 7:37).