I pulled the child aside to find out what the real issue was. “Everyday someone hurts my feelings. I can’t go one day without someone being mean to me.”
Don’t we all feel that way sometimes?
Yes, dear child, that is what it means to live in a fallen world marred by sin. On this earth, you will never have the peace your heart longs for or live a day without being affected by your sin or the sin of those around you.
When Jesus was preparing the disciples for his absence, following his death and resurrection, he told them, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)
We are to expect trouble in the world. We should not be surprised by suffering, hurt feelings, and loneliness. The fight against sin in this world is a battle we will face everyday. And yet we have hope! Our hope is in Jesus, who overcame sin and death through his resurrection, who is our true source of peace and comfort, and who gives us rest and strength to carry on through the troubles of each day.
I want to teach my children (and myself!) to speak hope to themselves, to reassure their own souls with truth, as David did in Psalms 42-43, so that they may live with confidence that one day we will live without the pain of sin.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”