I know all things work together for good to them that love God (Romans 8:28). I know God will provide. I know that above all things, He wants me to prosper and be in good health (3 John 1:2). I know He has my best interest at heart. I also know that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). But KNOWING doesn’t stop reality from hurting. These facts do not make Christians immune to pain, sadness, or broken hearts.
I agree, knowing these truths equip us with the hope we need to push pass negative feelings. Such knowledge safeguards us from getting stuck in states of depression and hopelessness. Ultimately, our faith in Jesus Christ will cause us to pull ourselves together and trust God. However, initially, when the wound is fresh, even Christians hurt.
It doesn’t matter how long we have been Christians. The bottom line is that we are humans before we are Christians. This means that we’re emotional beings too; we feel sorrow and disappointment like anyone else. The world, and sometimes even other believers, has this crazy notion that at the onset of trials and tribulations, God-fearing individuals should be grinning. Now I’m not saying we can’t smile through our storms, surely we can trust God’s promises, and rest assured in His peace. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t be frowned upon for initially feeling upset or unhappy when disaster strikes.
Which parent can laugh after a child dies? Which home owner can smile after losing his/her house? Who throws a party after losing a job? Who does a happy dance after a breakup? Who explodes in songs of rejoicing after being diagnose with cancer? I’m pretty sure no one is raising a hand. Whether you’re a Christian or not, the truth is we all hurt the same. The only difference is that we’re not all hopeless.
“Blessed is the man that trust in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” (Jeremiah 17:7)
“For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” (Psalm 71:5)