When I'm Hurting

Written on 03/21/2023
Christian Dunn

Verse: Psalm 62:1

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

It was good for my soul to read this passage this morning. It is a powerful reminder that when I'm feeling worn out, or run down, or out of gas, that truly the main place I need to go is to God. Now, don't get me wrong, God provides lots of amazing ways to connect with him. It could be through a friend, or by exercising, or by going in nature, or doing your hobby or whatever. But in the end, he also wants us to just simply come to him. 

There is something so profound to me about the words, "truly my soul finds rest in God." When I was younger I memorized it in a different version that added the word "alone" to the end: "Truly my soul finds rest in God alone." I need to go to him. When I am down, I need to go to him. When I am frustrated, I need to go to him. When I am sad, I need to go to him. When I am overwhelmed, I need to go to him.

You know what I find to be true? I know this in my head, but when the time actually comes, do I follow up my knowledge with action?? That's the real kicker. I can sit here and talk about this all day long. But when I am actually down and overwhelmed, do I take time to find rest in God? Or do I just complain, or stress, or watch TV? The real growth is when in the moment I can be disciplined enough to actually go to him. To make him my rock and my fortress. 

It's not enough to just say, "yes God is my fortress" if I never go there when I need saving. I need to act on that knowledge and that belief. In the moments of my hardest struggle, the days that are stressful, the times I feel down, I need to make time to go to him in prayer and worship and be with him and let him give my soul the rest it so desperately needs. It makes me wonder if the difference between belief and faith is action? Maybe faith is putting our belief into action. The proof of my belief is in the doing. Maybe you need to hear this today too? I hope it encourages you!