Whether passing by people or engaging in conversation, what we see is what we get. Despite how good people may seem or say they are, the appearance of physical health and material wellness is not to suggest that our lives are free from trials, trouble, and temptation. The point is that many people are carrying burdens, feeling crushed, and facing fears beyond what we fathom. Seriously, we have no idea what many people are dealing with.
The truism “what you see is what you get” also applies to Scripture. Take the following Bible verses for example:
- “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22).
- “My help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).
- “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
- “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:6-8).
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
As the church and the body of Christ, do we truly believe that God is greater than all our troubles and concerns? And, if so, do we truly reflect that in the ways we love and care for others?
While the frequency, variety, and severity of our struggles and strongholds vary, if we truly believe the verses above, might it make sense to emphasize, and to equip people to provide emotional support and spiritual encouragement?
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.” - Max Lucado
Pain in our lives is not to suggest that God doesn’t care, rather it establishes our need for Jesus! Instead of being who we turn to when all else fails and our strength is gone, Jesus wants to be our Lord and Savior. Despite good intentions, as Christians, we miss the point and do little to help when we fail to provide the type of sustenance and support that offers true life and lasting hope.