• Aug. 22, 2012
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Have you ever gone to someone, just looking for a word of encouragement...

I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Have you ever gone to someone, just looking for a word of encouragement, and then end up receiving an orderly list of 16 good biblical reasons as to why all this is happening? When your heart is really hurting, answers to your problems can sting like salt in a wound. That’s because all the reasons to why awful things happen, no matter how sensible they seem, just aren’t enough. You see, we must never separate answers from the God who gives them. This is so important to keep in mind when your friend, co-worker, or relative is undergoing times of trouble. Because when a person is suffering, they just want God to assure them that everything will be okay … that’s why Psalm 34 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Yes, give them sound theology, but also remind them that God is near and He will help.

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