This is a re-post of a blog I wrote on August 27, 2011.
Current events around the world strike fear in the hearts of many people. Another journalist was beheaded. No way! How could this happen? What next? The reactions are similar to what parents in pain over the behaviors, struggles, and choices of their children experience.
My child’s on drugs? They have a problem with alcohol? They’re cutting themselves? They have an eating disorder? They have a mental illness? They’re suicidal? They’re attracted to the same sex? They have a problem with pornography? They’re in jail? No way! Shock, denial, and fear are huge.
This Bible verse comes to mind:
I called on Your name, O Lord, out of the lowest pit.
You have heard my voice, “Do not hide your ear from my prayer for relief, from my cry for help.”
You drew near when I called on You;
You said, “Do not fear!'”
(Lamentations 3: 55-57)
Do you ever feel like you’re in a deep, dark pit? I sure have – exactly like this verse describes; crying out for God to hear my prayer and bring relief; to do something and please, hurry! That’s when I needed to hear these words.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m really honest, I would tell you that when I draw near to God I don’t always feel His nearness. Oh yes, I have felt Him close – powerfully close — many times, but not every time.
Those are the times I had to rely on my faith and what I believed to be true. This passage helped. It told me when I cry out to Him and do my best to seek Him in my pain, He will respond.
He draws near.
He not only hears, but he takes action.
He is moved by my pain.
It touches Him.
He is not apathetic.
Don’t you ever believe that. It’s a lie.
What does He say? “DO NOT FEAR!” Exactly what we need. He addresses our greatest need, deep at the core of our being. Often unspoken, He knows it’s there, constantly lurking just beneath the surface of our emotions.
You know what it’s like. That sense of foreboding, of what might be ahead, out there somewhere in the future. If you weren’t already in the lowest pit, this fear can throw you into one.
When your world is shaken and you cry out to God for help, I hope you’ll remember these things:
He hears you, and He will come near to speak words of comfort to your soul – exactly what you need when you need it.
Dear mom or dad, hear your Heavenly Father, Mighty God, King of the Universe, for whom nothing is too hard, whisper to your heart, “Do not fear!” May His reassurance lift you out of the pit and set your feet on solid ground, even if your world is thrown into upheaval, because you know you are Not Alone.
What three words do hurting parents need to hear from God?
Do Not Fear!