July 23, 2021


Job 2:13

So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that [his] grief was very great.

               When grief strikes our life and pain and sorrow pierce our heart like a knife so sharp that it takes our breath away; what words can bring us comfort?  So many times when one suffers a loss we want so much to say or do something for them that can bring comfort, solace and somehow ease the pain that they are suffering.  At those times sometimes just our presence, our shoulder to cry on and our empathetic and sympathetic embrace are the comfort that speaks louder than words.  Grief and the death of one we have loved so much, is the wound that cuts into our heart and soul as it separates forever the physical bond we had, and counted so dear.  Our bleeding is with our tears and our pain is as real as any physical pain.  Sometimes we think we will never stop bleeding the tears of our anguish as each new memory and recollection reopens that wound.  Often it is hard to realize at the time that our grieving is actually a part of our healing process.  The multitude of our tears help to flush and cleanse the sorrow we feel in our hearts.  Will it ever be completely gone, probably not.  We will always carry the scar of that emotional wound and hurt and loss.  Through time we will heal and go on and hopefully come to the place where we are able to release that one that we loved so much into the hands of God and His keeping. 

               When Jesus was but a baby and brought to the temple for dedication, a devout man named Simeon held the baby, for the Lord had shown him who He was.  In Luke 2:33-34 Simeon speaks this word to Mary and Joseph, “And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, Behold, this Child is appointed and destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against–

35And a sword will pierce through your own soul also–that the secret thoughts and purposes of many hearts may be brought out and disclosed.”  We know that indeed Mary’s heart was pierced and that sword of sorrow and grief did pass through her soul, as she had to watch Jesus suffer and die an early and wretched death. What is more is that we could see even Father God Himself grieving through the darkness that covered the earth, the thundering and the earthquakes that shook as He sobs for His only begotten Son who was offering up His life in atonement for mankind.  Yet, perhaps that death and the hope that it brings all that put their faith in the name of Jesus, is the crowning hope, confidence and comfort that we have when death robs us of the ones we love.  In Christ it is as spoken of in 2 Corinthians 5:1-4, “1FOR WE know that if the tent which is our earthly home is destroyed (dissolved), we have from God a building, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2Here indeed, in this [present abode, body], we sigh and groan inwardly, because we yearn to be clothed over [we yearn to put on our celestial body like a garment, to be fitted out] with our heavenly dwelling, 3So that by putting it on we may not be found naked (without a body). 4For while we are still in this tent, we groan under the burden and sigh deeply (weighed down, depressed, oppressed)–not that we want to put off the body (the clothing of the spirit), but rather that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal (our dying body) may be swallowed up by life [after the resurrection].”  It is in the hope of this resurrection and eternal life that we gain comfort and peace.  We know that Jesus Himself was a man acquainted with sorrows and He came to bind up the broken hearted.  He is our greatest comfort and peace.  Isaiah 53 prophetically speaks of this when it tells us, “2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  There isn’t anyone that can bind up our wounds and our broken heart like Jesus.  There is a painful healing process that still takes place, but we can have the comfort of the Holy Spirit with us to mend and provide His assuring presence in our hour of grief.  

               Sometimes we just want to say why God?  Why did this have to happen?  We don’t always understand all of the why’s, what we must understand is that God is ever on the throne and He changes not.  Death will always be among us till such time as it is finally defeated.  Until that time it will bring with it suffering, grief, heartache and pain.  We do not often feel it is fair in its times and the lives it chooses to take, but it is not greater than the spirit of life that is ours in Christ Jesus.  It is in that resurrection life that we put our hope, faith and trust in. It is through our faith in the author of Life that death is defeated.



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