One of the hardest things about going through conflict (aka drama!) is feeling alone and misunderstood. If your conflict is with someone that used to be close to you, the feeling of aloneness may be even greater, but the Bible promises many things that will encourage you.
Trusting your feelings is dangerous because emotions fluctuate and feelings lie. Instead of believing what you feel, trust God’s Promises to the believer in the Bible. God is trustworthy and He always keeps His Promises.
When you are going through a painful situation remember these 7 promises of God:
1. You Are Not Alone
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (ESV)
God is compassionate and promises to be near to the brokenhearted.
Relationships might break, and people might abandon you, but God never abandons His children. He is close to you in your heartbreak. He is there in your pain.
A child may cry out in the dark, “Daddy, where are you?”
Though the child cannot see her father, the father’s voice assures the child he is there.
God has spoken in His Word and promised that He is, indeed, there, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
2. God Won’t Forsake You
Psalm 9:10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. (ESV)
A friend may disappoint or betray you, but God never abandons His children. He is a constant friend and faithful Father. Continue to seek Him and He will continue to carry you through your trials.
3. God Hears You
Psalm 4:3 But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. (ESV)
The author of this psalm is confident that the LORD will hear when he cries out to Him. God knows everything and He even knows what you are going to say before you say it.
Answers to prayer don’t always come immediately or in the way we expect, but this isn’t proof that God’s not listening. It’s proof that God has a different and better plan that you do. Trust Him. (Isaiah 55:9)
4. God Sees You
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
on those who hope in his steadfast love, (ESV)
God’s eyes are on you. God sees your pain and sees your struggle. God sees every injustice. He knows the truth about your situation inside and out.
But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless. (ESV)
God takes our troubles into His hands and is actively working in every situation in our lives.
God actually sees more than you see.
He can see the end of the trial. He can see the outcome.
5. God Works Everything Together for Good
Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (ESV)
This is one of the most encouraging verses in the Bible.
God is actively working everything for your good. Everything. Every painful experience, detour, mistake, and regret will become something good and beneficial in your life. That may sound like a miracle, but God is a miracle worker. With God, all things are possible! (Mark 10:27)
Love God, surrender your life to Him by following Jesus, and watch Him work!
6. God Makes All Things Beautiful
He has made everything beautiful in its time. (ESV)
God’s timing is not our timing. Things don’t always get sorted out as quickly as we want or in the way that we want, but God has a plan for making the struggles in our lives beautiful.
God makes us beautiful by refining us as we go through trials and we become more Christ-like.
God also makes things beautiful as He redeems them. Painful experiences can be used to help others. Lessons learned the hard way produce wisdom.
7. God gives Beauty for Ashes
"To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." (NKJV)
This verse is a prophecy from the book of Isaiah that Jesus applied it to himself in the New Testament. (Luke 4:17-21) It is through Jesus that we trade in our brokenness and receive His beauty.
Jesus is the Redeemer. His death on the cross redeems everything and everyone who turns to Him for salvation.
That’s the ultimate beauty for ashes!
Take heart as you go through the painful trials in your life. God is faithful. Remember what the Bible promises.
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