Inspirational Thought of the Day:
It was not just other people’s actions that hurt us – it was our hope that also suffered a crushing blow.
Scripture of the Day:
“O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.”
Sometimes we can get so caught up in the pain others have inflicted on us that we don’t take the time to gaze in the mirror. Sure, it is not always a 50/50 blame game, but is there a fraction that we might be culpable for that we need to examine?
Being a victim is not the path to victory. Even though grief may last for a season and healing is needed and real, part of that healing is seeing the fruit from the impact of someone else’s sin against us. Exposing our own sin helps us to have compassion on those who hurt us and to begin to unpack sin’s impact on us, as well.
Looking at the sin within ourselves does not minimize the responsibility of others, but frees us from sin’s grip that it might have on us. The burden of sin keeps us from genuine hope when we are consumed with another person’s actions and the hurt they brought into our lives.
At the onset of the examination of ourselves, we see the surface. We can try to cover it up with makeup or look to see the source below. Why do the actions of others hurt us so deeply? Layer upon layer we try to cover our hurt to keep the raw truth from being exposed. It was not just other people’s actions that hurt us – it was our hope that also suffered a crushing blow. Recovering from that reality can prove to be too much to bear. A people without hope perish.
In our attempts to try and rejuvenate our hope, we allow other things to creep in – bitterness, disillusionment, fear and . . . hopelessness. Unless we are willing to gaze into God’s word for illumination into our soul to really understand our condition of despair, we will go from one false hope to another.
Recovery from a traumatic event is long and deep. Recovery from any hurt can really cause our hope to waiver.
But there is good news in this place of admitting our hopes are all but gone. At the end of ourselves, we no longer have to work to try and manufacture our own hope. Instead, God gives us His hope – eternal and perfect.
Lord, thank You for healing us from the inside out. Thank You for taking our fragile hope and reforming it into a hope in You alone.