Does Life Hurt Right Now?

  • Turmoil in relationships?
  • Financial pressures with nowhere to turn?
  • Suffering a major loss?
  • Does life seem hopeless?

. . . but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward  (Job 5:7)

Life is often full of difficult decisions:  What should I do?  Who should I marry?  Where should I live?  Which job should I take?  What is God’s will for my life?

And then there are relationship issues:  With parents, children, spouses, friends, churches, and with God himself.

God is the God of the crushed, the confused, the hurting, and the brokenhearted.  The Bible is full of promises to meet our deepest needs:

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.   (Psalm 34:18)

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.  You will increase my greatness and comfort me again.   (Psalm 71:20-21)

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  (Psalm 147:3)

Having Spiritual Thirst

Experiencing true intimacy with God and getting answers to life’s troubles begins with having spiritual thirst.  Without this, Personal Retreats cannot work; with spiritual thirst, they cannot fail.  God is ready to meet with the thirsty:

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirst for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and wary land where there is no water.   (Psalm 63:1)

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.  (Psalm 25:16-17)

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!  You have said, “Seek my face.”  My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.  (Psalm 27:2-3)

If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.   (John 7:37b)

And he said to me, “It is done!  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”   (Rev. 21:6)

How to Know if You Need a Personal Retreat

Though some may go on a Personal Retreat for general spiritual growth, with most people there is some kind of problem or trouble that motivates seeking God.  Some of the possible “troubles” that indicate the need for a Personal Retreat include:

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Torn on a major decision
  • Health issues
  • Habitual sin
  • Relationship problems
  • Spiritual “lukewarmness”

If you struggle in these areas (or others), a Personal Retreat can be the vehicle to provide a fresh perspective as you spend some intimate time with God.