When we are attacked, we need a place to turn. If we just turn inwardly, we may crumble.
Even though people mean well, they sometimes say the wrong thing. Our hearts receive these messages in our hurt or grief through our own lens not that of the speaker. The result may be that we turn further inward.
Turning inward is often not helpful. As communal beings, we need to turn to God and those whom we have found trustworthy to give God’s counsel.
The way to tell if counsel is of ultimate trustworthiness is if it points us to God.
David understood this: and turned to God:
“O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.” (Psalm 86:14-17 ESV)
Remember that God is always ready, turn to him, receive his peace.
God is with us and will comfort us as though we were sitting here…