Devotional

Under Christ’s Care

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.” (Proverbs 14:10)

God sees what others can’t. He knows what only we know about ourselves, and even more. Indeed it is true, others don’t understand. But do we? We are well aware of the pain we feel. The trauma of the past still lurks within us. But making sense of it all doesn’t come easy. We are poorer than we realize at diagnosing, let alone healing ourselves.

Pain is a prisonhouse we all want out of. What was done. What was not done. What we continue to face on a daily basis. Our hearts are affected more deeply than we let on. No one feels what we’re feeling. Job learned how futile it was to tell others about your sorrow. At best they pity you, at worst they reproach you.

Jesus alone is the Cure for our broken hearts. He is not a mere sympathizer, telling us of His own hard road. If we are willing to bring our hearts to Him He will be our Wonderful Counselor, giving us new eyes for all things. Instead of seeing our life through a prism of pain, we will see it through the eyes of the Overcomer. We will know that God works all things together for good. Where there was cursing, there now is blessing. Where there was rage, we have peace. Where our hearts were sour, they are now sweet.

We can feel so alone. We can retreat into a cocoon of self-pity, and descend into a dark place where we fortify ourselves against any more pain. Or, we can make our way to the Light of the World. He will shine into our darkness and bring us into His marvelous light. We cannot navigate the rough waters of this life without Him. He will do much more than make sense of the senseless. He will restore our soul to sanity, and enable us to do right in the face of the greatest wrong. He will have mercy on our soul, and teach us how to be merciful. He will heal us and send us forth with a message of hope for others.

We only get sicker when we try to treat our own wounds. We tend to hide our sick spirit from the eyes of others. We would scare them if we let them know what was going on inside us. We would embarrass ourselves if we divulged the depth of our pain.

Don’t stay hidden to all but yourself. Come out to the only one who can do more than understand. Place yourself in His care. One day you will have a story worth telling. Only those who are healed are ready to shout from the housetops what Jesus has done for their soul.

“Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” (Psalm 126:2,3)


Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.