A note from Kelly King: One of the best ways you can minister to someone who is hurting is to take her straight to God’s Word. We may not always have the best words when having a conversation with someone in crisis, but we can trust that God’s Word is always profitable. Today Kaye Hurta gives all of us some ways to use Scripture to bring hope to those who are hurting.
The amount of emotional, physical, and relational pain in our world today is staggering. In fact, pain seems to be a shared theme in everyone’s life. As leaders ministering to people in pain, we are wise to be able to provide practical help and hope for those who are hurting. There are promises from Scripture for us to hold on to during difficult seasons. These promises can anchor our souls and provide hope for the heavyhearted.
As I read through the Bible, especially the Gospels, I pay attention to how Jesus interacts with the pain of others as well as His own. These stories and interactions provide the framework and foundation for helping those who are hurting.
While we are not promised to be without pain in this life, we are promised the following from Scripture:
His Presence. A consistent truth from God’s Word is that He is with us; He will never leave us or abandon us. He was physically present with His disciples in their storms (literal and figurative) and now through the power of the Holy Spirit, He is present with us in ours. Like a thick fog over our souls, pain can make it difficult to see Him. He is there. Look closely. Still can’t see Him? Invite someone into your pain and your story, and ask them to help you see His fingerprints.
His Peace. Philippians 4 talks about the peace of God that is available to us when we surrender our situation to the Lord. It is a peace that surpasses human understanding. When someone in pain is filled with peace, it truly does surpass human understanding. It is a peace not given by the world but by supernatural means. It is promised; it is ours for the taking!
His Power. There is a verse I love in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. It says this in chapter 3 verse 19, “The LORD my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights!” If you are walking a difficult, impossible path, the Lord who is your strength can form your feet (spiritually speaking) to walk that path! Only He has the power to do that for you. The wind and the waves still obey His voice. So if you are in a storm, eyes off the waves and onto the One who commands them!
His Provision. Scripture tells us that God will provide for our needs according to His riches. He is our Provider! I don’t know how He will provide or when, but I trust His promise to do so.
Certainly this is not an exhaustive list of promises to us from Scripture. However, these four promises have provided hope for me in my own story, and they have been anchors of hope for others in their pain. As you minister to hurting women, point them gently to the One who promises His presence, His peace, His power, and His provision in their pain. It is a privilege and high calling to do so.
Kaye Hurta has a Masters Degree in counseling from Liberty University and is a crisis counselor for Women’s Events through LifeWay Christian Resources. Whether speaking, singing, or listening, Kaye’s passion is to help others find intimacy with Christ and soul transformation through the living pages of His Word. Kaye met and married her husband Chris in Austin, Texas in 1987. They have two daughters through the miracle of adoption, Madison and Cami. They live in the Chicago burbs where they are both on staff at Willow Creek Community Church. Kaye is also a contributing author for the LifeWay resource, Women Reaching Women in Crisis.