Loss is difficult. It hits us right at the center of who we are. It consumes our thoughts and governs the status of our hearts. Grief leaves us isolated, caught up in our sorrow and unable to break free. That is exactly what the enemy wants. He wants us to be caught in the grip of our pain, hopeless to see the light at the end of the tunnel, desperate for escape.
Do we give the enemy what he wants? Do we wallow in our misery and dig our pit deeper and deeper? Or do we look up to our mighty God, who has the ability to pull us from the miry clay and bring light back into our lives? It is our choice….to let the enemy have the victory or to allow our Father in heaven to work in us triumphantly.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)
God is a God of comfort. He will take our grieving hearts and breathe hope and comfort into them. His wraps his arms of love around us and holds us up until we are able to hold ourselves up. When we seek him, his words offer promise.
He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)
Only God can take the shattered pieces of our broken hearts and, piece by piece, restore them to a heart of hope. It is his love that binds us back together, sealing up the holes caused by our pain and loss.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10)
Isn’t is wonderful that we have such a loving Father in heaven, who knows our hearts and our pains so intimately? The condition of our hearts is so very important to him. He allows us to feel the pain, because through the pain, our character is grown. But then he swoops in like a loving father would, and restores our strength. He gently reminds us of the promise of eternity with those we have lost. He softly whispers into our hearts that he loves us, that he is here with us, that those we have lost will always be in our hearts.We must be like Mary…treasuring up all the things, all those sweet memories, and pondering them… Click To Tweet
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love a tender heart, and a humble mind. (1Peter 3:8)
Another way God helps us through our grief is by putting others into our lives who love us. Through their hearts of compassion, their sincere words of comfort, and their gentle touch, our hearts become restored. God uses his children to bring comfort to one another, to love one another through the loss. And while the pain of loss never goes completely away, we walk through our days knowing we are not alone. We live out our lives enveloped in the love of God and others, strengthened by his promise, led by his spirit, and assured that joy comes in the morning.