This quote is powerful.
“If you ask people who don’t believe in God why they don’t, the number one reason will be suffering. If you ask people who believe in God when they grew most spiritually, the number one answer will be suffering.”
I read this quote by John Ortberg in Michele Cushatt’s new book, Relentless: The Unshakable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves. Her book is powerful and her testimony even more powerful. I had the privilege to interview Michele this week on my Depth Podcast.
In our conversation, she shares about her years of suffering. She is honest and vulnerable about her doubts along the way. Maybe you are in the middle of an unexpected storm. Perhaps you also have doubts and feel like God has forgotten you.
If this describes you, let me encourage you to run to God in your pain, not away from God in anger. His Presence will comfort you and guide you. Like Michele says, “Presence lends us courage to persist.”
Friends, God never meant for you to walk through your heartbreak alone. He wants to give you the gift of His presence in the middle of the pain. He wants to comfort you and help strengthen you as you fully depend on Him.
I know walking through grief and suffering is not easy. Allow yourself time to grieve and process the hard emotions. Give yourself lots of grace when the waves of grief try to knock you down.
Remember to focus on God in the middle of the storm, because He wants to meet you in your pain in a way you never knew possible.
Michele shares in her book that “His presence is relentless.” Keep running to Him daily. He will strengthen you during this storm.
I believe going through heartbreak on your own is nearly impossible. But, going through heartbreak with God walking alongside you and even carrying you, leads you to place of great strength.
Note: To listen to my conversation with Michele, please click on the link below: https://link.chtbl.com/vZzTid7o