“Yea, but you don’t understand. You don’t understand where I’ve been. You don’t understand how I feel.”
So often we find ourselves in places of such brokenness and ruin that we are confident there is no way anyone out there would understand. There is not a single person who knows how we feel. That may be true; however, we serve a God who does, in fact, know actually and exactly how you feel. He has suffered more hurt, more grief, and walked through more sorrow than you or I will ever know.
Whether the devastation that is, or maybe was, in your life comes as a result of your personal sin or it is because of the sin of another, there is no mess that Christ cannot make beautiful. There is no amount of pain that He cannot heal. There is no amount of ruin that he cannot fully restore.
Meditate on these words today from the prophet Isaiah. Confess your brokenness and ruin without Jesus and your thankfulness that He does know exactly how you feel. Then take time to pray, “God what is my next step? Lead me out of the rubble.”
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:3-6 ESV)