Times are hard. These words of Psalm 60 may just roll off your tongue: “You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry—now restore us! You have shaken the land and torn it open; mend its fractures, for it is quaking. You have shown your people desperate times; you have given us wine that makes us stagger” (verses 1-3). You might feel personally shaken and torn open. Your suffering may seem pointless and endless. You may feel completely cut off.
First, not one of your experiences in this broken world is wasted. Consider these words from the New Testament book of James: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (1:2-4).
Second, you are never cut off. Let these words of Jesus speak to you: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Take time to let these words sink in. Then read them again, and let them sink in even deeper. Christ Jesus knows your struggles. He is with you, and he knows.