“And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;” – Exodus 3:7
How encouraging to be reminded that God has seen our affliction and knows our sorrows. That we serve not a God who has not been touched by the feelings of our infirmities; but was in “all points” tempted like as we are (Hebrews 4:15). Though Christ never sinned, never disobeyed, never hated anyone, or grew cold or bitter, He had every opportunity too. Scripture says that every hurt, hardship, and temptation that humans face, Christ experienced in some form or an other. Therefore, we can rest assured in this fact that He knows our sorrows and afflictions. Whatever they may be. Not just in the since that He sees all and knows all so He has a knowledge of what you’re going through, but in a since of empathetic understanding of what it feels like to go through what you’re going through, having gone through it before, Himself.
“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” – Psalms 103:13-14
“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” – Psalms 34:17-19
Because Christ, being righteous (or obedient to God), was bruised and broken for our iniquity, He has great compassion on those who suffer affliction for righteousness sake, because He knows how hard it is. Yet so many times He encouraged us with His words to rejoice when this happens because He also knew that when handled with love, humility, and above all “faith”, it brings the greatest testimony of God’s delivering power in this life, and the greatest rewards of Glory in the next.
If affliction is a storm that brings tears like rain, then it comes to water seeds planted, uprooting the shallow but bringing fruit to those that remain. Without the storms of affliction and the rains of sorrow you will never experience the joy of harvest. So praise Him in the storm, have faith, trust in the Lord, and await the rewards of righteousness. For surely if we are willing to endure, sharing in the sufferings of Christ, then we shall also be glorified in like manner, with Him. (2 Corinthians 1:5) Have faith and endure, patient in prayer, constant in love, and faithful in praise. God sees, God knows, God has a plan, trust it!
“Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.” – Psalms 56:8-12