“She said to them, ‘Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty.’” Ruth 1:20-21a
There are times in our lives when all we see is what has gone wrong. We only see the loss, the pain, the darkness of our circumstances. We feel the emptiness. And in the hurt, our heart can begin to believe that God has left us…that His favor rests upon someone else, but not us…that He doesn’t really care and isn’t entirely for us.
In those moments, I pray that you will cling to the promises kept in His Word for us. That you will fix your eyes on who He tells us He is—our God of all comfort, our God of steadfast love and faithfulness, our God of hope.
These seasons are those in which God opens the door for His greatest work to begin in us. He never allows hurt just for the sake of hurting us. He cares for you too greatly to do that. He will only allow difficulty to reach you if He has deemed the pain purposeful and necessary for you—for your good and His glory. He has not abandoned you. He is not dealing bitterly with you. He will not leave you empty. He wants to fill you to overflowing with Himself. He wants His joy to be your strength. He is with you every step of the way, and you walk always in His faithfulness.
“For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him…The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD!” Psalm 22:24, 26
“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4
“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys. I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” Isaiah 41:17-18
“Thus says the LORD: Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work…There is hope for your future, declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:16-17
There is still hope here. The Lord will lighten your darkness and you will see His goodness. Wait for Him, seek Him, cry out to Him, and He will show Himself faithful.