Grief

Have you ever grieved over something? Grief comes in all shapes and colors. It is the result of some type of loss. Grief will leave us with a physical ache in our heart and worse...a feeling of regret. Sometimes we grieve over our own mistakes. That feeling of regret can linger and haunt our souls. Then there is grief over things stolen from us. We play things over in our minds trying to figure out how we could have stopped it. "Maybe if I had said this that wouldn't have happened". "If we just hadn't gone for that car ride the accident wouldn't have happened." "If I had not been in the wrong place at the wrong time"...and the list goes on. So much regret that we are filled with sorrow. Sorrow also has many faces. There is sorrow that leads to repentance. The Bible calls that Godly sorrow. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says that to be distressed in a Godly way leads people to Him. As hard as it may be to accept that God wants our sorrow to be a testimony of Him it is true. Once again, God uses all things to bring about good.

I am not a Bible scholar by any means, but I think what God wants us to see is that by clinging to Him in our grief, by speaking His truth when we are in pain, we testify to His power at work in us. He is gentle enough to let us work out the anger, pain, regret and all the other emotion wrapped up in our grief. King David is a perfect example of someone who let their sorrow reveal God's glory. When we read Psalms we see his moments of pure joy and delight but also moments of deep, deep pain and sorrow...and God said David was a man after His own heart. This leads me to remember that God knows what sorrow feels like. I wonder sometimes if the overwhelming love He has for us isn't accompanied by grief because of how broken we are. We know He felt sorrow on the cross. Some scholars and scientists have even said that His heart may have literally broken from the weight of the world He was carrying. He cried out in grief in His darkest moments when God turned His face away. He asked why God was forsaking Him. I think at the core of our grief is that very question. We have lost something and feel like God has forsaken us by allowing it to be lost. His word says He will NEVER leave us or forsake us but that doesn't mean we don't feel sometimes that He has. The testimony of God comes when we stand on what we know to be true even when we don't feel it.

When grief and sorrow weigh down our hearts it can be difficult to seek out God's face but the promise we have is that when we don't have the strength to find Him He will find us. When we face pain so deep it wants to destroy we don't have to fear because our God is greater still. There is no secret to not feeling grief when we suffer loss. We cannot ignore it, we cannot hide it...we can only trust Jesus and let Him seek us out. He will restore our joy. He will bring us peace. We will feel love again. You see, just as Jesus felt our grief on the cross, He has made the way for our perfect peace. When we come out on the other side of our grief the love will be deeper, the faith stronger, and the peace greater and that will lead others to Him. That is Godly sorrow.

May our sorrow bring God closer to us and reveal His glory. May we have the grace to take Him at His word when we must and believe that He is holding us close.

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