Faith In God Alone
Written by: Alexis Asamoah
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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us
- Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
If you’re like me, this new year has been a time of reflection. 2020 was a year of loss, grief, heartbreak, and lots of fatigue for many. Now that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, some of us single gals are either planning to do a social distance Galentine’s or spend time with our partner. This Hallmark-manufactured holiday could also be painful for some of us, as it is a reminder of our aloneness, not yets, and if onlys.
I have my own share of unrequited crushes/loves and I’ve felt the weight of disappointment, burning anger, and constant questioning, “when will my time come?” However, one of the most notable lessons I have learned this past year is to hope in God and no one else. People will often disappoint, and sometimes, I have unrealistic expectations. The only thing we can trust in, rely on, and have faith in is God alone. I can trust that He hears my cries, I can rely on Him to be present when I feel alone, and I can have faith that He will bring my desires into fruition, if and when He so pleases.
Even if you haven’t experienced a recent breakup, a friendship loss is still just as painful and like a relationship in many ways. You take a risk by giving your all into a friendship, sharing your life, and introducing them to your friends and family. You place your trust in that person, create healthy expectations, and make time for that person, all for the friendship to one day crumble after many years of building due to one unforeseen event that reveals their true character and the red flags that were always there, but that you tolerated or made excuses for or largely ignored.
Thankfully, these happenstances are not in vain. God doesn’t desire for us to be in pain or sadness for long, but He does promise His presence and comfort in those moments.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18 NIV
Jesus experienced disappointment in His friendships, as well. His disciples, who were supposed to be some of His closest friends on earth, constantly questioned if Jesus was who He said He was. They could not fully trust Jesus or defend Him, even up until His crucifixion. The disciples couldn’t stay awake waiting for Jesus as He prayed (Mark 14:37-41), Peter denied knowing Jesus (Mark 14:66-72), and Judas betrayed Him (Mark 14:43-45)--some friends Jesus had!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. - 1 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
Jesus can empathize with us because He knows what it is like to feel heartbroken, betrayed, and disappointed. God also knows that by us going through these trials, we can empathize with others and comfort them. He doesn’t want us to keep these struggles bottled up within, but rather be compelled to meet others in the same brokenness and pain.
So take heart, sisters. God is working through your loss. He wants to comfort and draw near to you. I can’t tell you how long the pain may last, but I can tell you that joy always comes in the morning.
1. What losses have you experienced in 2020?
2. How does Jesus’ story of loss encourage you?
3. Who is someone you can comfort while in the midst of loss?
Jesus, thank You for being able to empathize with me in my loss and heartbreak. You know exactly what it’s like to feel disappointed and betrayed by someone. Comfort me. Surround me with Your presence. I don’t know how long the pain will last, but remind me that You are always with me. You are moving and healing me now, even if I can’t see it. Give me strength to comfort others who know this same pain and heartache. Restore my joy. Amen.
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