The Healing of Our Hurts (Part 6)

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:9-11 ESV). God will not only take away your suffering, he will also heal every wound and restore your good eternally. We have a worship song that has become a favorite in our church. It is by John Mark and Sarah McMillan. The message is such an important part of healing our hurts. Spend a few moments listening to the video at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7USOalbEdLo). Suffering will not be the last note of your life. God’s plan for your life is exaltation and redemption. Listen to the Apostle Peter again: “after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (cf. 1 Peter 5:10). Yes, we do suffer in this world; we are challenged along the path we have been given to walk in this world. However, all of these things will pale in comparison to the glorious vindication and glory we are given in eternity. I know that suffering can often feel like an eternity, however, it is only for a moment when compared with the everlasting. Our unshakeable hope is in the restoration from all our brokenness. It is confirmed against all our uncertainty, strengthened from all our weakness, and established in all our glory by our God. In the place of our broken and painful existence on earth will be a never-ending experience of the greatest joy we’ve ever known or tasted. The psalmist knew this to be true. Our reading today declares: You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). I have discovered more of the balance necessary to overcome the hurts of this world as I have aged. I suppose it is because I know with each passing day I get closer to the coming of the Lord or my going home to Him. That thought seems maudlin to many, but it is this truth that allows perspective. As I get older I can see the finish line so much clearer. That is the goal of the believer. Look up to the end of the race. It is closer than you may think. You can finish the race set before you. You can receive the victor’s crown. You can receive the applause of heaven and all those who look on. It is guaranteed by the work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Even when we come face-to-face with the “roaring lion” we can know that no harm can touch us. This life is temporary. Eternity is...

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