Do you ever feel like no one understands what you’re going through? Maybe you went through a time of trials and felt discouraged as if no one knew or really understood just how much you hurt. Mom, He sees your heartache, He feels your pain. He knows what it’s like to be misunderstood.
I have had many times like that, where I felt I needed some comfort and understanding. Often I would get that extra encouragement from my friends in the form of a phone call, an e-mail, or an offer to help if help was needed. However, there have been times in my life when I felt that the Lord was the ONLY one who could really understand. At those times I had to go to Him and let Him encourage and love me.
When No One Understands, God Does
There are several things that I do when I am feeling that the Lord is the only one who understands, but here are my top 4!
1. I sing songs that bring me comfort when I feel hopeless and lonely.
A couple of my favorites are “No One Understands Like Jesus”, and “Does Jesus Care”? Often I cry as I sing them, but the tears bring healing as I think of the fact that Jesus DOES understand and care.
2. When no one understands, I read God’s Word and find comfort.
My favorite passage has been Psalm 139.
The Lord knows when I’m down and understands my thoughts. He is acquainted with all my ways – all I do, say, or feel. Every time I read this chapter I am overwhelmed with an awareness of how special I am to Him, and just how much He does understand ALL about me. I love verse 10: “Even there (wherever I am emotionally and physically) his hand will lead me and HOLD me.” What a comfort!
Another favorite of mine is Psalm 94:19: “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.”
Why Trusting God Is So Important
3. I pray when life gets hard.
How do you trust God when life is hard? You talk to Him. You know, it seems kind of elementary to say that, but it’s something that I forget to do sometimes. I get so busy worrying about things and trying to figure them out, that I forget to go to God with my needs. Psalm 61:2 says, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed.” Psalm 62:8 encourages us to pour out our hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us.
When my cares and problems burden me and weigh me down, I can just go to Him with all of those thoughts and feelings and pour them out before Him. After telling the Lord all about it, I don’t seem quite so overwhelmed with it all, and I have more peace in my heart.
4. When I’m anxious or afraid, I trust God.
Faith is trusting God, even when you don’t understand His plan. Sometimes even those who are close to us don’t fully understand our feelings and needs. But God does, and He longs to comfort us. Often I go to the Lord and tell Him, “Lord, I need your love right now. Hold me in your arms and comfort me.” Other times I sing the song “Sheltered in the arms of God”. I love to picture Him reaching out to gently shelter me in His arms, and reassure me that I’m in His care, and everything is going to be okay.
I’m so glad that in times of difficulty and trials in my life I have a Heavenly Father I can go to Who understands my needs!
No one knows your pain better than God. He knows all your trials and circumstances, and He understands.
Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”.
I’m not asking that you give up on the support of those who love you, but I am asking that you talk to God about it first and allow Him to comfort your heart. He’s there to help you when no one else understands.