Top 5 Questions Asked by People Who Are Hurting

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. - Jeremiah 29:13

I hear them every day. Heck, most days I'm asking these questions myself! Yes, you read that right... most days. I'm sure you've realized by now what a flawed human and slow learner I am.

I'm not bringing these questions to the forefront right now because I suddenly have the answers. I'm just wanting to feel less alone, less strange. I figured maybe you might feel that way, too?

I'm also hoping that if all of us are praying about these hard questions, maybe we'll begin to talk about them with people who seriously need more understanding of what pain does to your faith.

And so, without further ado, the questions and a few places to start in our search... because, see, I don't think we should be searching nearly as desperately for answers as we should be for our Father.

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What have I done to deserve this?

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. - 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. - 1 Peter 1:7

Why isn't God answering my prayers?

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. - 1 Peter 4:12-13

If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. - John 15:18-19

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Is this really God's plan for my life?

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. - 2 Timothy 1:9

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11

Does God still care about me?

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” - Romans 8:15

Long ago the Lord said to Israel:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” - Jeremiah 31:3

What is the point of going on like this?

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. - 2 Corinthians 1:4

I will bring that group through the fire
and make them pure.
I will refine them like silver
and purify them like gold.
They will call on my name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, ‘These are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’” - Zechariah 13:9

This week, let's get through it together, okay? Let's search for our Father, instead of empty answers. That relationship, it changes Every. Single. Thing.

Holy God, You entrust us with such an amazing treasure. We are Your church. We carry Your light in these fragile vessels. Let us never get distracted by the questions that have no answers. We want to cling only to You. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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May God Bless You,

Shelly

3 Comments on “Top 5 Questions Asked by People Who Are Hurting

  1. Thank you for another encouraging post, Shelly.
    We are to keep His Words in our heart, that we can bring them to mind when we're in a situation that needs those specific words.
    Thank you for always pointing us to Him.
    Lots of Love,
    Linda.

  2. Excellent post Shelly! I love the verses you've chosen to go with the questions. Not that I've ever asked those questions..... ha ha..... woops my nose is growing like Pinocchio's!!
    Good to know we're not alone in asking those questions.

    Hi to Linda vdM! Missing our connections in the Sunroom! Hugs & prayers for you both. LOTSoluv Kerryn

  3. Great answers to those questions, Shelly! You are absolutely right that we must look to our Father as THE ANSWER. Easier said than done. Love you. xo

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