There is joy and sorrow found in following Christ on your journey down the path.
Did you know that the scriptures teach us that Jesus was a man of great joy? He was also a man of sorrow, sadness, loneliness and despair.
Jesus was fully God and fully human. He was rejected by His family, friends, disciples and His nation. He was betrayed and humiliated.
ISAIAH 53:3, NIV
3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
JOHN 11:35, NIV
35 Jesus wept.
PSALM 90:9-10, NIV9 All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan.
10 The length of our days is seventy years or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass and we fly away.
Jesus is with you in every storm of life and longs to share your burdens. When Jesus’ close friend Lazarus died, the Bible says, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). In fact, this is the shortest verse in the Bible and it reveals the beautiful reality that we serve a God who identifies deeply with all that we go through.
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
“Holy God, thank you for being close today. Though it can be difficult to feel you, I trust in faith that you are here. Thank you for saving those who are crushed in spirit. I throw myself at your mercy and grace today. Help me to be patient during this time of suffering and give me wisdom to honor you no matter what today. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.”