So glad to see you back for this last week of the Hope for Hurting Hearts series! If you’ll click over to the Hope for Hurting Hearts page, you’ll find all the links for the series.
This week the Holy Spirit seemed to be whispering to me,
“Write about the hope I bring when no one understands what you are going through.”
Many times we lose our hope because we simply feel like no one could possibly understand what we are going through. After all, a person may have experienced the same loss, the same circumstance, or the same heartaches as we have, but we still feel like “She is not me and she isn’t experiencing the same feelings I’m experiencing.” No one can know for sure what we are feeling until we express them. Even then, flawed interpretations occur or social filters come into play. But this prayer of Solomon breathes life into me when I feel like there is no one who can understand my view of a situation….
Solomon had been given the privilege of building the temple of the Lord- a place for the spirit of God to dwell. I try to imagine what it must have been like- I Kings 8 details the scene for us as the ark of the covenant was brought down and placed in the temple. Then a cloud filled the temple and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
I Kings 8:11 And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple.
What a spectacular event to behold! I have to stop and think how cool it is that the priests had to stop working because God was present.
God’s true presence
that we stop working in our strength
and rely on His.
As Solomon stands before the altar, he begins to pray. Beautifully and eloquently expressed, you can read Solomon’s prayer in I Kings 8:23-53. Today I just want to take one verse from the passage- one that tells me how to handle issues that no one can understand. Verse 39:
then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act; deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of all men),
For you alone know the hearts of all men.
Isn’t it interesting that this phrase is in parentheses? I don’t believe it was because Solomon felt the statement was a sidebar. Or unimportant. No, the parentheses are telling us that Solomon felt this statement was obvious, yet important.
Therein lies our hope.
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A 12 day Holiday devotional, this ebook will encourage you that in spite tearful hurts or wrongful circumstances, God loves you and wants to give His gifts to you.