If You Know Nothing Else

Some wounds are so painful, it’s hard not to be continuously overwhelmed. The enemy takes advantage by twisting your anguish into an unsatisfiable obsession to know why, and exhausts you with a fixation to protect yourself from all the other horrible things you imagine could happen. Fear, bitterness, and self-pity become both your guards and your tormentors.

When Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are wearied and burdened down, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28), he wasn’t just talking about what heaven will be like. He was giving an invitation to experience the healing, peace, justice, hope, joy, and love of God right now.

He knows your pain, and he knows how to comfort, heal, and restore you until you’re whole. He wants to love you back to life, until the tormentors can stand to be around you. He has all the grace and strength you need to release the “whys” and “what ifs,” even if you have to do it every day. Or every hour.

Even if nothing else makes sense today, know this:

“I’ve always loved you, and will never stop. My loving kindness toward you means you’re always invited to be closer to me” (Jer. 31:3).

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