People are struggling right now, and it is on all different levels. Some struggles are external, like losing a job or the separation from loved ones. Other struggles are internal, and people grope with their lives and the world around them changing. The result of both is grief. Working through grief can feel like fighting an invisible enemy. There is hope. God’s Word tells us that He will show us compassion and abundant lovingkindness.
“For the Lord will not reject forever, for if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness.”
Don’t Lose Hope
Many are suffering from grief, that feeling of loss that permeates every area of our life. Grief makes you feel alone and isolated, even if you are in the midst of a crowd. Many lose hope because they don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. For those who put their hope in Jesus Christ, there is relief coming. He will show compassion to those who are mourning. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”
How do you pull yourself out of despair? You need to go to the well of hope. Just like a dehydrated person needs to replenish the lost liquids, a grieving person needs to go to the source of life, God’s Word. Find your hope in Scripture, and that can come in different forms. I remember one difficult season I was in I listened to the song “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength” by Rend Collection over and over. It was Scripture put to music that reminded me that my joy and happiness comes from the Lord, not anything else.
Working Through Grief
If you are suffering from overwhelming grief today, or know someone who is, find your encouragement in the compassion of the Lord. This grief is only a season of your life, even if it doesn’t feel that way. His lovingkindness is there to lift you and pull you through. Turn to Him in your time of sadness and let the Word of God be like fresh water to your soul.