You are not irrelevant.
This world of sin and sinners is often a place where young girls are sexually abused. Where little boys are ignored by their fathers or beaten by their fists. Where the small or disadvantaged are trampled by the anger or selfishness of warped men with warped hearts.
Creation groans under sin.
And Satan delights in it.
He hates truth, hates Jesus, and loves pain.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God actually say, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?
And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, ‘Woman, you are freed from your disability.’ And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, ‘There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.’ Then the Lord answered him, ‘You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?’ As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
This is a world where Satan often whispers a violent and treasonous song over the most helpless of people, and then dances to their fear and their pain and their bewilderment. And it is a world where others join his twisted song.
But it is not his world.
Let Hell and death and sin clamor for your soul. Let them. But their loudest ragings will not prevail if you will despair of all other hopes and instead call out to Jesus, like a lost and helpless child.
Let your anxieties and all your most jagged memories creep up on you like old ghosts with sharp teeth. They will not get to claim you if you are ransomed by the King of Kings.
Let pain be pain and fear be fear. Neither will have the last word if you will believe in Jesus.
I know you have been wounded to the bone.
You don’t trust people. You don’t trust God. And you don’t trust “the world,” by which you probably mean people and God.
You have heard that God is different from the one who abused you, but you don’t believe it.
The one who violated you? I know he used you. But this is a God who was obliterated to bless people just like you.
He lied to you. But this is a God who speaks only truth; He can do no other.
He promised to change, to be better, only to hurt you time and time and time and time again. But this is a God who endured Hell and shame and death and agony to keep His promises.
This God is different from the one who hated and harmed you. Unimaginably different. This Jesus will never leave, never forsake, never forget you. He would rather die than lose those He claims, and the Cross stands as a vertical proof of it. This is a Lord with a heart for the lowly and the bruised, and who breaks all the violent who refuse to repent.
You have suffered.
So has He.
And at the place your suffering and His meet, namely your faith, a new song starts. One that sin and death and Satan hate to the core.
And one that is no whisper, no lie, and that never, ever ends.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
1 Peter 5:8-9