What It Means to Enter In

No one wants to feel alone…especially in their pain.

It’s quite a different thing to be alone as opposed to feel alone. As we face the unknown of how we will truly respond to the struggle, we may wish to be alone so as to not feel foolish in front of others. Yet in that aloneness, we still don’t want to feel alone. We need hope in that someone else cares. Someone understands. Someone will be there.

We desire solidarity.

We want to know that we have a friend who will enter into the pain with us. He will be the one that seeks to see and understand our perspective. She will not be interested in giving advice as much as truly being present in our struggle. Even when we want to be alone, our friend reminds us that we aren’t.

It’s something God knows and understands about the human condition.

You see, we don’t have a God who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. In fact, we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet without sin. Such perfect solidarity, truly entering in, should evoke our confidence approach to God’s throne of grace so we can receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).

God enters into our struggles.

He breaks into our problems, confusions and questions with His eternal presence. When we may not have answers or be ready for any advice, we can take hope in the fact that He is there.

Jesus so beautifully exemplified this solidarity. It is an expression of what it truly means to have compassion (“to suffer with”). His example should inform our view of those around us in need. The God who entered into our pain calls us to enter into the pain of others. Our presence should be a picture of hope, love, grace, mercy – solidarity. We might struggle to find the words for such difficult situations, but then, we will be exactly where we need to be. We can simply silence our lips and speak with our presence.

May we remember the presence of our God who enters in; and may we, like Jesus, enter into the pain of others.

2 Responses to “What It Means to Enter In”
  1. Shelly says:

    Loved your post. It reminded me of the Scripture 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
    3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

    Be blessed today and bless someone else!

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