Have you ever felt like God's
- God answers everybody's prayers, except mine.
- God heals other people, except me.
- God loves everyone else, except me.
- God (fill in the blank), except me.
Although these are truths floating around in your head, they are lies in reality. They are just feelings, not facts.
Satan is so good at deceiving us, he is so cunning with his words, and he is so matter of fact about all the reasons why we feel this way that it makes the lies easy to believe.
When we feel this way it's no surprise to God. He already knows how we feel. He's not upset with us for feeling this way.
He understands. And when I say He understands, I don't mean in some far off distant way, what I mean is, He truly understands although we may feel like he doesn't.
Jesus suffered more than anyone has before. You may think, well, he didn't live in the world we live in today, how could he possibly understand all that we are going through?!
Well, simply put, He can, and He does. (Period) This is where you have to trust Him, His plan and believe that what He has said in His Word is true and applies to (you).
Because of Jesus' experiences, let's look at a few things that He understands - Jesus suffered rejection, hatred, physical pain, and mental distress. He was made fun of, abandoned, and lied to. He knows what it's like to be hungry and thirsty, to be exhausted, to be weary and in need of rest. He knows the pain of losing loved ones, he knows torture, he knows what it's like to feel absolutely alone, and he knows how dying feels.
He is not a God who just sits back and says, "Oh I understand." He is a God who leans in, cries, and sufferers along with you.
Hebrews 4:15-16 tells us, “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
He is near, He hears you, you are not alone, and you are not His lil' exception. He sees you and you matter. Take comfort in knowing, that through your 'except me' suffering, He is doing exceptional work in you!