Tuesday 08 November 2011

God's heart hurts with yours!

Are you in the middle of a trial?  Do you feel you are going through a time of testing and growth that is perhaps painful or uncomfortable?

Jer 42 v 10-12:  "Stay here in this land.  If you do, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you.  For I am sorry for all the punishment I have had to bring upon you.  (11) Do not fear the king of Babylon anymore, says the Lord.  For I am with you and will save you and rescue you from his power.  (12) I will be merciful to you by making him kind, so he will let you stay here in your land."

Now these scriptures are what my husband and I have clung to in our own trial and one day I may elaborate and explain why because in these scriptures, for us, are huge miracles.  But the point I want to make here is the bit..."For I am sorry for all the punishment I have had to bring upon you...."


I read these verse often before those words jumped out at me!  God's heart breaks for what you are going through.  Whether by your hand or the hand of another, what you go through grieves God too!  Don't ever think He sits 'up there' and rolls His eyes at the situations you find yourself in!  I don't believe that!  I believe He hurts with you and its His grace and mercy which gets you through.

He goes ahead of you!

For example, in the scripture above (vs 12), God doesn't remove the people from Babylon, but He says that the Babylonians would be merciful to them because of God's mercy for the people.

So my encouragement to you is to see God in the light of a parent who sees His children's suffering and who feels their pain and in doing so, goes ahead to assure a good outcome.

God bless
Tracy

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16 comments:

  1. I've always clung to the notion (truth!)of the "Father filter". NOTHING can enter my life without first passing through the filter of my Heavenly Father. If He chooses to allow it into my life, He will bring good from it...and like you expressed, I, too, believe His heart hurts right along with ours. What a tender and compassion Father is He~

    Thank you for the faith-lift~
    ~Stacy

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  2. Beautiful post! I really showcases God's fatherly love for his children. Juat as it breaks a parent's heart to punish their kids, it also breaks God's heart to punish us, yet punishment is necessary for growth.

    beautiful words, as always!

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  3. Thanks, I'd never really noticed that before.

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  4. Tracy,

    Trials are trying, we are going to experience hurt and pain sometimes, but we know that He already ahead of us, making away, working it all out for our good, even when we can't see it.

    Blessings to you Tracy.

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  5. What a reassuring, comforting post. Love that you said God sees us like a parent who feels the pain of his children. That always drives it home for me. Glad I found your blog. I will visit here often.

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  6. i needed these exact words today. thanks for sharing them.

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  7. Oh, Tracy! I loved this. I had never noticed that sentence before: I am sorry for the punishment I have to bring on you. I never thought about the fact that God's heart hurts when he has to punish us---just as ours hurts to punish our children. I pray over you and your husband today and ask that he begins to shower blessings and promises over you once again.

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  8. Hi Stacy - I love that, the Father filter. So if you go through something hurtful, you can know in faith God has a plan and purpose for it in your life.

    Hi Becky - as a parent it has made seeing how God deals with us far more easier.

    Hi Stefanie - its a pleasure :)

    Hi Kandi - so true. We can only see one step ahead but in faith we need to believe He is way ahead of us

    Hi Susan - thanks for commenting and following. I so appreciate it. I will be popping over soon to visit back. Yes, seeing the Father as parent certainly helps me too.

    Hi Hope Unbroken - its something that has stuck with me, gives me a sense of being cared for and loved

    Hi Shanda - thank you my friend. Your prayers mean the world to me

    Ladies - you bless me and I so enjoy and appreciate each and every comment.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  9. Such sweet encouragement Tracy! He doesn't want to make us or see us suffer, but He does want us to be transformed into Holy... and often that comes by the fire. Lifting you in prayer friend :)

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  10. Hi Tracy, I so needed to read your words today. I do believe God hurts, grieves, and laughs with us too. He often puts obstacles or situations in our path to prepare us for the future. Not because He wants to harm us in any way but to disciple us into His mold. He knows what He's doing. He's been parenting His creation for a long time. I'm so blessed by your blog. Marie

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  11. So thankful that He goes ahead of us and that He does care about each and every trial we face!

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  12. There was certainly a reason God led me to you today. This post is so relevant for me as I seem to have had constant trails for the last couple of months...I can say God has been faithful at every step and has given me all I have needed....He is a loving Father.....

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  13. I agree, Tracy! God is a loving Father, and He is moved by the things that concern us. He is always with us. That brings comfort in the midst of the trials. Many blessings!

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  14. Yes. I find great comfort in that the Master Author wrote pain and suffering into His own story. Thank you for this.

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  15. Wow Tracy - I know I've read that passage before, but it never sank in. God doesn't allow us to go through trials without a purpose and it isn't to punish us.

    Great post!

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  16. Hi Heidi - amen, this is a lesson I am learning, its about refining us. Thank you for the prayers. I appreciate it

    Hi Marie - so true, He knows what He is doing and we should trust Him

    Hi Eileen, knowing that He cares and hurts with us does take the sting out of it

    Hi Nancy - will hold you up in prayer precious lady

    Hi Lisa - this verse most certainly has brought me comfort. Knowing God hurts with me comforts me

    Hi Christan - He above any knows about pain, great point

    Hi Joan - amen, always a purpose and I think its to draw us to Him

    Ladies, you bless me with your comments and I truly appreciate them
    God bless
    Tracy

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