God Comforts Us in Our Grief
Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you will have peace. In this world, you will have trouble.”
Grief is a subject that is very dear to my heart. I have experienced grief from the loss of loved ones, loss of a job, loss of a dream/vision for my life, and loss of relationships. We all experience grief at some point. The definition of grief is deep sorrow, unfortunate outcome, trouble, or annoyance. Grief is a normal process of reacting to a loss. The loss may be physical (such as a death), social (such as a divorce or loss of a relationship), or occupational (such as a job). Grief brings many heartaches, challenges, and questions.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
God is an incredible source of comfort and hope during seasons of pain and grief.
God hears our prayers, sees our tears, and is listening to our cries. God can relate to our pain as he has experienced grief and heartache. We serve a very personal God; he hurts not just for us but with us. Jesus, himself, experienced tremendous pain and grief. Because He experienced this, He knows what we are feeling and will be with us in every situation. He hurts when we hurt.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalms 147:3
Experiencing grief can feel debilitating but the good news is the Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. There are many emotions that we can feel while experiencing grief such as sorrow, anger, confusion, or guilt. It is okay to feel what we are feeling. It is okay to not be okay. Jesus loves us where we are at. We do not need to “get over” our grief but to bring our grief to God. God will comfort us where we are at. We try to seek comfort from earthly things such as working a lot, escaping into TV or social media, or drinking too much. These things will give us temporary comfort and “in the moment” comfort. Only God can give us true and lasting comfort. God promises to comfort us, and we can hear God’s promises to comfort us in many places in the bible. Jeremiah 31:13 says, “I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.” What can we do during times of grief? Put on the whole armor of God and pray, worship, and get in His word. When we pray to God, we can feel his presence and love that brings us great comfort. When we are dealing with grief, our emotions race and our thoughts are scattered. Get in the word to hear God’s promises and hear His voice. Worship also brings us closer to feeling God’s presence. God also does not want us to do life alone. Grief makes us think we are alone, but we are not, God is always with us and He wants us to have a community of other believers. Go to other believers who can remind us of God’s goodness and pray for us.
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
To those who are experiencing grief, do not let it swallow you whole. Remember that God is bigger than any storm you face. Do not do this life alone!