“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Studies have shown that the fear of pain is worse than pain itself. But, do not be afraid. That’s the greatest and most common command in the scriptures – don’t be afraid, don’t freak out, stop withdrawing.
Do you know what it means to withdraw? Many people, when they face heartache and difficulty, turn to the things that they’ve always turned to. For some, it’s eating, or substance abuse like drugs or alcohol, or shopping, or overworking. For some, it’s depression – just going into a room, closing the door, crawling into bed, checking out.
You are not going to withdraw anymore. You are not the kind of person that needs to. When you face heartache, trial, and suffering, acknowledge it and pray. That’s how we respond, that’s how dependable, stable believers respond to challenges.
Prayer: Dear Lord, whenever I feel pain, I will not be afraid. I will turn to you and pray, then rest, and always trust. Amen.
Reflection: When you’re in emotional pain, do you ever withdraw from the world? How do you find your way back?