Unspeakable Joy Devotional

7th July

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In a Season of Loss. I read yesterday that a young girl’s life was taken at the age of 12 in a car accident. I didn’t know her. But as I prayed for her family, it made me think of the heart ache and grief that goes along when we lose someone. Psalm 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us.”

The Bible says when you go through a season of loss, the first thing you need to do is release your grief. Tragedy always produces strong emotions-anger, fear, depression, worry, and sometimes guilt. These feelings are scary to us, and we don’t know what to do with them. When we have experienced a major loss, these enormous feelings bubble up within us.

There’s a myth that God wants you to walk around with a smile on your face all the time saying, “Praise the Lord!” Jesus says in Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” It’s okay to grieve. When people are Christians, we know they will go on to Heaven, so we need not grieve like the world. Our grief can be different. We grieve because we’re going to miss them, but we can also be at peace because we know they are with God.

Job asked this all-important question: Job 14:14-15 “If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to work of thine hands.”

At some point we will all suffer loss. For most it’s the loss of grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, older siblings, friends and neighbors. Sometimes it is losing a child, a loss that is so hard to bear. Only faith in God and the loving support of family and friends case ease that pain.

As Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:18 “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

To receive peace and rest in Christ, the instructions are clear.  Jesus says, “Come to Me.”

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

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