Kinship

Tue, 07/02/2013 - 12:22 -- Joyce Long

~Elizabeth Lapp

“...all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.” Jonah 2:3

“...all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.” Psalm 42:7

Jonah was in the whale's belly. David was fleeing his enemies. In their times of trial, they used exactly the same words to express their feelings. You may be experiencing cancer or financial crises, death, divorce, or a wayward child; but if you go to the Word, you will find the same promises as everyone finds. God didn't write a separate Bible for each of the above experiences, but He wrote one book for all people. Because of this, you can use the same things that have comforted you to comfort other people. Affliction leaves everyone with the same feelings of need and helplessness, no matter what the specific cause. There is a feeling of kinship among those who are hurting, even when the source of hurt is not exactly the same. The wife of a friend of mine has been ill for many years, and I have experienced divorce. Whenever we meet, there is a feeling of kinship; his handshake, without a word, speaks volumes. Most of all, Jesus is touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He was, in all points, tested like we are. He knows how we feel, because He has felt the same.

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