The past week and a half has been very eventful and grievous that personally I have not been up to the task of writing. As great of a tool that writing is of expressing opinions, ideas, and emotions, it has not been the correct medium to relay my present thoughts. With the events that have transpired of late, I will share with you some of the thoughts from the Bible that have led me to comfort and give an attempt at comforting others.
Solomon would tell us where the mind becomes the most influenced by life: when death or many sorrows/trials occur. “It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.” – Ecclesiastes 7:2-4
Jesus would call these people blessed in Matthew 5:3-4. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” It makes me wonder if Jesus saw the benefits that come along with sorrow? We tend to place heavy emphasis on the Father during the crucifixion of Christ, but was the Father mourning at that point or was He more excited about the process that was taking place? Death and pain is seen in a different light in this temporary place. Here on earth, we have something precious and shortly after (it seems) it is gone forever. In the spiritual world where God is, once someone is there that is eternity. There is no end of time, nor any beginning! It makes looking beyond our present trials nothing in comparison to the glory that awaits those that wait upon God (Is. 40:28-31).
Here is a small excerpt from the sermon this past Sunday titled “At A Loss of Words” on different aspects of dealing with grief. Consider today when the words cannot form themselves, a man who knew grief more than most anyone would ever know (besides Jesus; Is. 53): Job
- Seeking Hope – Job 1; I Peter 1
- God – prayer, prayer, and more prayer
- Seeking Encouragement – Job 2-31; I Peter 3
- Those Around You
- Finding Lives Like Your Own in Scripture
- Seeking Light – Job 32-37; I Peter 2
- Looking for Answers
- Looking for Reality
- Seeking Patience – Job 38-42; I Peter 4-5
- Understanding – yourself (how am I responding, what can I presently do?)
- Anticipation – knowing it is only a matter of time.
- Avoid it or endure it
- Acknowledge it or ignore it
- Attend it or neglect it
These notes are simply excerpts of the overall lesson, but I encourage you to dive deep into this great topic and see how God speaks to you through His Word. There is no comfort like His, but He always explains quite thoroughly through the lives of others how we too can find comfort when we are at a loss of words.
These are little thoughts from the past week and I pray that the burdens that have come into your life have not been overbearing. If you need and ear to talk to or a shoulder to lean on, please don’t keep it in. I am here to help you the best I can and help you in your walk with God. Don’t walk this journey alone. We will continue our normal blog postings in the coming week. Thank you for taking time to think with me under the tree today and till we ‘read’ again, God be with you and bless you richly.