Since the United States government shut down in late December 2018, there has been ongoing debates about border security. Democratic leaders have suggested that building a wall to keep refuges out is immoral. Meanwhile, Republican supporters claim that a nation without defined borders will not survive. While this war of words goes back and forth, one voice has been ignored. Every day, the broken, depressed and hopeless build invisible walls to hide the pain deep within their hearts.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded, James 4:8.
When individuals begin to see their dreams, goals and hope for success slip away, staying optimistic seems impossible. Although some may muster up the strength to fake how you feel, most people withdraw from society. If you don’t have anyone to lean on or share your anguish, walls begin to be erected. Desperate souls may risk becoming vulnerable, pouring out their heart and soul, but if you reveal this information to the wrong person your situation may get worse. Thus, where do you go when no one seems to care?
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water, Hebrews 10:22.
In 1954, the Philadelphia doo wop group the Capris released the song God Only Knows. Written by Ruben Wright, this single had a dramatic impact on Motown singer Marvin Gaye. Perhaps, this original piece inspired the 2018 version from For King & Country. God Only Knows can be found on the newly released Burn the Ships album. The chorus of this song reflects upon daily struggles that human being endure. “God only knows what you’ve been through; God only knows what they say about you. God only knows that it’s killing you but there’s a kind of love that God only knows.” May the lyrics of this attached song encourage you to draw near to God as you experience disappointment and heartache in life.
by Jay Mankus