How often do you look up at the sky, clouds, moon or sunset? David did, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2) There are times when I am weighed down with the cares of this life and world, then the sidewalk and ground is too often my view, really nothing is visible as my mind is preoccupied with troubles, difficulty or oppression.
The point is we all go through difficult times, experience hurt, depression or dejection, but there is hope and encouragement above us. God reigns supreme and Yeshua promises to never leave us. Even now, the baggage and residual hurt we may carry can be lifted. When Yeshua said He would never leave, it means He was there beside us when we were hurt. You may say, “Then why did He let it happen or Why didn’t He do something?” Is “why” the right question we should be asking? If you knew why, would it hurt any less? The question should be, “Will you set me free of the pain and hurt I feel?” The Bible contains the answer, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:31-32,36) There are a variety of things, situations, circumstances, and events that can bind us, keeping us imprisoned and trapped. Scripture says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) The context here refers to being under the false believe that following religious laws, (even if we could), would make us righteous, but any false belief is bondage.
What does this have to do with abusive events? They are no longer abusing us, but the pain and hurt still remains and we are using a coping mechanism in an attempt to prevent it from happening again. Yeshua will take that hurt away, He was there and knows completely what we experienced. Moreover, the pain, injustice, betrayal, curses, hatred, abuse and torture He experienced on the Cross qualifies Him to be the one who can and will set us free. If we will ask and believe His promise, He will set us free. We may remember the incident, but the hurt will be gone and we can move forward with no baggage, unforgiveness, regret, shame, guilt or whatever binded us to the past. Moreover, He can stop our coping mechanism which is a barrier that shuts us off from others for fear they will hurt us again. Look up we have a deliverer, healer, and redeemer; his name is Yeshua Messiah.