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NEEDLESS PAIN

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What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

This famous hymn, written by Joseph Scriven in 1855 was just another lovely hymn I enjoyed until it became a source of comfort for me some years back when my younger sister fell very ill. It was a very difficult period for the family and I was filled with fear and uncertainty anytime I saw her.

My heart would skip a beat and I would be filled with dread wondering what could happen next. This went on for some time until one day when the words of these lyrics dropped into my spirit. “Oh, what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!”

There I was, rooted in fear and dread, feeling  powerless and hopeless. I fed my fear with worry and anxiety when I could go to a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18: 24 says “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” And according to the lyrics above and also according to me, that friend is Jesus!”

Casting all your cares upon him; for he cares for you; 1 Peter 5:7. And that is what I did. I went to Him with all my deepest fears about the situation and bared it all out to him. And even though we went through some very difficult times as a family after that, God miraculously came through to heal her in an amazing encounter.

Yes, he cares for you and is waiting for you to come to him with all the worries and fears that daily plague your mind weighing you down with sorrow and depression. You may be going through a different trial than what i have narrated. But the solution is still the same.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest; Matthew 11:28. Yes, there is rest in baring it all out to that special friend who does not judge or condemn but takes up your burdens and offers you a lighter yoke

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29-30.

This encounter led me to research the origin of the hymn that comforted me in a very difficult period in my life. Sadly, the evening before their wedding, Scriven’s fiance drowned.  Shortly after moving to Canada to become a teacher, Scriven became engaged to Eliza Roche.

Tragedy struck again and Eliza passed away from illness shortly before marriage. It is still uncertain whether Scriven’s death was natural or engineered by suicide.

But one thing is for sure, worrying and carrying a burden which you can do nothing about is indeed entertaining needless pain. Hand it over to the one who truly cares, the one who can do what you cannot do, the friend who feels your pain and gave His life for you.

Lay it down at the cross and trust Him to take care of your needless pain.  Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  Matthew 6:27.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

 

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