Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 7, 2012
“But You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; You consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14
Grief is a God given emotion that processes sorrow related to a loss. It can be the loss of a loved one to death or the death of a vision. Loss associated with finances, health, a pet, a job, divorce or relocation contributes to extended sorrow. Moreover, nations grieve corporately over war, mass murder by a maniac, and the death of a revered national leader. Grief calls for a pause to pray and reflect on what’s important. Sorrow seeks out a Savior.
Heaven’s desire is to fill the hole in our hearts with hope. Indeed, sorrow slows us down to meditate on what really matters: Jesus, family, friends, spiritual, physical and emotional health, church, fellowship, evangelism, discipleship and God’s game plan for our lives. Grief gets us to God, so that we take Him seriously. The spiritually serious are eventually able to smile. Our mourning turns into trust in Christ and He is able to restore our joy and hope.
“Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has not my soul grieved for the poor?” Job 30:25
In addition there is an indirect grief associated with those who have suffered great loss. Perhaps our heart aches over the atrocities suffered by extreme poverty—masses unprotected from disease, who are ravished by malnutrition. Those who seek to live off a dollar a day clearly comprehend no promise of tomorrow. It is good for God’s people to get worked up over those who need work. We grieve, so out of our comfort in Christ we comfort and serve those stuck in sorrow.
Ultimately, you have the privilege to point hurting hearts to their Savior, Jesus. An aching soul needs Almighty God to bind up their broken spirit and heal their bleeding hearts. You are heaven’s vessel of hope, grace and love. Use the loss of another to lovingly lead them to their Lord. Their loss is God’s gain. What anguish empties, faith fills. You serve emotional and physical needs, so that they will embrace their spiritual needs. Grief needs God.
“My eyes are dim with grief. I call to You, Lord, every day; I spread out my hands to You.” Psalm 88:9
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I need You to fill my heart with hope, as it grieves a great loss.
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