Sometimes our pain distracts us so badly we stop caring. But God still cares.
It helps, though, if you step back, put your wide-view goggles on, and take a broad look at the challenges you’re facing.
Look around you. What’s really happening?
Read Nehemiah 3:10, Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”
Is your strength giving out? Are you thinking of giving up? Here’s the real question … a solution that Satan’s possibly put in your mind.
Are you considering pulling away from God? From church? Oh, you’d never say so, but you’re weary … so bone weary.
Remember, Christianity is messy. It’s common to face opposition. Satan’s a master at hammering on Christians. But when you use your wide-view goggles, it’s easy to see the full picture.
Read on in Nehemiah 4, After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes” (v. 4).
Don’t let Satan distract you and steal your joy. Be like Nehemiah and stay focused on the job God gives, even when there were distractions.
What do you see when you look for the full picture?
Sometimes when we’re in the midst of tragedy, it’s difficult to grasp God’s presence and comfort.
I should know.
After suffering a seizure on April 1, 2011, doctors found a tumor on my brain and told me I may only have ten days to live. I spent those ten days seeking answers. Why was I facing such horror? What had I done to cause this? Was God punishing me?
Was God even there?