Today I would like to begin a series of devotionals on the subject of “hurt.”
Now having just celebrated Valentine’s Day, I want to deal with a message that is a message of the heart. In the entire chapter of Genesis, chapter 27, we read of the treacherous deception of Jacob to obtain his brother Esau’s birthright blessing from their father Isaac. After discovering the deception, Esau vows to kill his brother Jacob. And this caused Jacob to run away for his life.
Esau’s emotions was fueled by the hurt that his brother had caused him. Hurt is the stop sign in our lives. It brings us to a complete stop and keeps us from going under the green light, stops the progress in our lives and has us spinning around in a circle, disillusioned and sometimes discouraged. This thing called “hurt” has many a folk, even some Christians depressed, discouraged and struggling just to stay above water. Hurt has us spinning wheels and going nowhere; and since the gospel is a liberating gospel, I am led to write about a gospel that will set somebody free from the debilitating, crippling thing called hurt.
Hurt is not a stranger to anybody; it is something that we started to learn soon after we got out of the cradle. As old as we can remember we all have been stung by the thing called hurt. I feel that somebody is immobilized by something that has happened in your life and it is hard to deal with — even though you are still smiling and putting on a happy face. You are doing as well as you can but you are dealing with hurt.
Hurt is a painful thing — when you’ve been hurt by something or somebody it can tear you apart. Many tears have been shed as a result of hurt. All of us today have had the results of it. In ministry I have heard many people share some of the hurts of their lives. I have seen it in their faces and counseled folk that have been broken, and that’s what hurt will do; the right kind of hurt will cause you to stand still. Every time you try to move forward some type of hurt propels itself to the forefront of your mind and it paralyzes you.
There is nothing that hinders people more than hurt and there is nothing that can stop the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of a Christian or a church more than hurt. You would be surprised at the people who are just going through the motion because “hurt” has a hold on them; well, today is a good day. God wants to heal you through your hurt.
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church.