Tuesday’s Torch 592
June 16, 2020
When times are difficult, when it seems we are faced with extreme challenges, how do we make it through? We live in a time where there’s a lot of hatred and judgment. There will be times when each of us will be viewed negatively. It doesn’t feel good to be mistreated or to be attacked or judged harshly.
If you ever find yourself feeling low, as I have many times in the past, remember the Savior. He knows our pains. Isaiah prophesied the following regarding Christ and it came to pass. Isaiah 53:3-5 states:
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
I’ve been staying fairly positive lately and getting some much needed things done. I’ve been trying to make the most of situations that weren’t what I had planned or expected. It took a while to get myself back on track. I share this with you today because it is possible to overcome trials and challenges.
Because of Jesus Christ and his sacrifices on our behalf we can be healed. From all the pains of this life, from each and every emotional scar, every betrayal, every harsh judgment, because he has paid that price. We would all love it if people always liked us and spoke favorably of us, put a thumbs up on everything we post to social media but that doesn’t happen.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret that isn’t so secret, sometimes those moments when we feel we absolutely need someone or something, sometimes we don’t get that. But I can promise you and guarantee that if in that moment you turn to your Father in Heaven in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, you will receive more than enough.
I will admit that I feel as though I’ve been “unfollowed” by so many people as I have been too open about my struggles and difficulties over the last couple years. I worry that I chased away people. While I have had support from wonderful friends and family, some turned their backs on me and probably others I simply thought did. But I know this much. God never unfollows you, Jesus Christ never unfollows you. They will never turn their backs on you. No matter how far you may have roamed away from them, no matter how lost you may feel, turn to the Savior and you will find His outstretched arms waiting for you. Because he has felt exactly what you are feeling, he had to in order to heal and save us. Accept his healing into your life, even for those pains that you feel are too great, He will help you. I testify of these truths in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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