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The Bread of Affliction

No regular post today; just feeling overwhelmed, for lack of a more appropriate word, at the immense, intense pain and suffering and fear that so many people experience every day. It is a struggle for me to truly and fully face these things when I come across them, and a struggle to not become immobilized. But I know that it is not right to close my eyes and assume that I can’t help.

I don’t have a wise insight or biblical wisdom that makes it all easier, but a verse that I read a few months ago stayed with me and keeps coming to mind, so I wanted to share it.

“And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.”  Isaiah 30:20

Oddly, while the promise is comforting, it isn’t what struck me. What struck me was the God-given “…bread of adversity and the water of affliction.” Could it be that sometimes these are the very things that sustain us? Such things often prompt us to look to God, to accept our inability apart from Him. I don’t wish to sound callous, but maybe pain can indeed nourish us. God, I hope so. And I pray for the courage, compassion and humble spirit necessary to be your hands and feet.   

 

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