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When Life Is Painful (Psalm 119:82)

My eyes fail with longing for Your word, while I say, ‘When will You comfort me?’ Psalm 119:82
  Many of us have faced times in life that seemed nearly unbearable. The pain of loss, the overwhelming circumstances of life, broken relationships, physical health, etc. I recall a time in my own life when it seemed a labor just to breath.   This particular stanza in Psalm 119 emphasizes the opposition the psalmist is facing, which is absolutely relentless. In the midst of this overwhelming trial, the psalmist continues to passionately long for God’s word. He knows that God will be His perfect comfort.   Matthew Henry reminds us that “Though we think the time long ere the promised salvation and comfort come, yet we must still keep our eye upon that salvation, and resolve to take up with nothing short of it. Thy salvation, thy word, thy comfort, are what my heart is still upon.”1   The apostle Paul reminds us that God’s comfort will also be sufficient for His children.  
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3–5
  If you happen to be in a time of life when your circumstances are overwhelming and there seems no end in sight, set your mind upon God’s word. You must long for it. Your mind should be consumed with the truths found within it and you must live with expectation that when you have no strength left to endure, God is more than sufficient to see you through.  
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17–18
      1 Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume (p. 921). Peabody: Hendrickson.

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58