God understands!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

JP: This article by Jay Adams has a counseling slant, but it if you’ve ever felt “no one understands” (who hasn’t felt this way!) this article will be helpful. See more of my comments below the quote.

“Nobody Understands”

Excerpt:

… how [can] any believer can use such language of exaggeration? Doesn’t he know that God understands? Several things have probably happened in his past. First, something very difficult to handle has come into his life. Next, he has handled it poorly, perhaps even complicating matters. Thirdly, all the past advice he has received has not helped either. Finally, people have really given up on him since all he does is whine. They dare not even ask him, “How are you today?” without receiving a recital of his problems.

That, or a similar serious of events, doubtless has occurred. The specifics are not important at the moment. But there is more. He has begun to say the words quoted in the title. He says them over and over again—verbally to others and quietly to himself. Combined with the previous failures, this mournful recital has, after a time, gained firm footing in his thinking. Some people often tend to believe others too readily, others are skeptical about what they are told, but there is one person that we almost always believe—ourselves! Because he has recited this mantra often enough he has come to believe it.

I’ve found this illustration helpful over the years:

This train diagram illustrates the relationship between fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience). The train will run with or without the caboose (feeling). In the same way, we as Christians do not depend on feelings or emotions. We rely on the promises of God’s Word, not our feelings. The Christian lives by faith in God and His Word.

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