Copyright 2006 Ann Stewart
Remember running to your mommy or daddy when you were hurt, expectantly asking: “Make the hurt go away!” You somehow knew they had the power. A kiss, a comforting lap, or a quiet word would often chase away the hurt.
What happened as you grew up? Hurts still come and go, but are you relying expectantly on the Word of Wisdom to dispel your pain? Godly Wisdom is needed to understand how any kind of hurtful actions can cripple you from going forward in freedom and joy. Does the old adage: “sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me,” apply to you? I’m sure that you’ll agree with me and millions of others that words indeed can hurt. Whether said in haste, anger or pain, hurtful words have a nasty habit of clinging to our heart and evoking both anger and pain when brought to remembrance even many years later.
Let’s have a look at the purpose of hurt. Yes, there is a purpose for everything, even hurt. Hurts will keep you in bondage forever until you decide to let go of them. Men most often will display deep-seated hurts in angry outbursts. If tears and forgiveness don’t heal the hurt, then violent flare-ups and resentment can take a serious toll on you. Ultimately you are the one who is fanning the original hurt into a festering physical, emotional and mental turmoil.
“The Spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” (Prov. 18.14) Satan’s purpose is to steal your joy. It pleases him to see you burdened to the point of depression, sickness, and destructive habits you develop to “ease the pain.” It’s his main tactic to get you distracted from His Joy, which is your strength.
Go to your Daddy with an expectant heart and lay your burdens at His feet. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Ps. 157:3) He knows and understands your pain. He loved you before you knew Him He also knows, understands and loves the person who hurt you, and what pain, anguish or desperation was behind it.
“All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God who justifieth.” (Rom. 8:28, 31-33)
Therefore, give Him your hurt, allow His forgiveness to flow through you, and let the joy of your salvation reign again in your life! Why is that joy of such great importance? Because, if you can laugh in the devil’s face and tell him you are wise to his tactics, then you will be free indeed to walk in His purpose for your life!
Think of it this way: would you rather walk around in anger and blaming another for your plight, or would you choose to put it behind you and walk in victory? The Lord is the Judge and the Healer and Joy giver. Take Him up on His offer. It is your inheritance.
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.