Sometimes you hear the cliche response for the answer to your problem.
“Worship the Lord, cast your cares on Him and He’ll make the burden feel lighter.”
Well, that’s true, but it’s not always going to motivate you or actually help you get from A to B in your hard place, especially if you don’t understand what that means.
When you come to Him in honesty and let it be hard, Jesus will meet you where you are, and then, He will start to comfort you.
That’s what the process looks like. People haven’t always known how to communicate that or teach that, or even accomplish that in their own lives, but you can.
Sometimes people get confused and think they need to deny their problems or their hurts and worship through it. But there’s a better way.
We are not a people in denial.
Jesus wasn’t in denial about His trials, but He took His own hurts to the Father. We are a people of power and self-control, sacrifice and love. Jesus said no one takes My life from Me, but I lay it down.
We don’t worship through denial – we worship through hardship. It’s a choice and it can be a sacrifice, but coming to Him in your hard place is worship. You’re recognizing that He cares and that He is who He says He is to meet your needs.
He has an answer for EVERY hard thing that’s hurting you, whatever that is. And if you come, Jesus will meet you in your low places, in your pit, and He’s not afraid to talk about the hard stuff.
He has an answer for all of it. He comforts you and He relates to you. Then He gives you perspective and He rescues you.
So don’t run away in anger, don’t hide in fear, don’t resent Him and keep Him at a distance. Every moment that you stay where you are, you’re choosing to stay in all those negative emotions or wrong beliefs or destructive patterns.
But He says come to me and you’ll find rest.
Jesus will meet you.
When He comes to meet you, He is ready. He has been wanting to meet you in this place that’s hurting you. So He comes in and comforts you and your heart stops feeling alone.
That opens the door of your heart to receive something new. You begin now to realize who He is and that He has been there, He didn’t leave.
And everything starts changing.
You start seeing how He sees, you have wisdom about a situation, you have His truth about your life, and ultimately and most importantly, you know that HE is what you need. HE is the rest, HE is the joy, HE is the provision, the healing, etc. It’s Him.
Jesus will meet you where you are. He’s not too good to meet you in your hard stuff and bring you up, and that whole idea is incredibly humbling because He is God. He’s not “too high” or “too holy” to come down and meet you where you are.
Sound familiar? That’s exactly what He did. He LEFT HIS THRONE when He came for us as a man to die on the cross.
He’s not too high and too holy. He’s God, He’s the highest and most Holy, but He’s a good God and a good Father and He doesn’t leave us as orphans.
Jesus, when He was here, said,
You will have trouble in this world, but take heart, I have overcome.
So bring yourself and all you carry to Him and let Him answer you. It’s worship to let Him lead your heart through the valley. And it honors His Holiness and Name as the Most High God.