A time to Mourn
Updated: Jul 8, 2019
When we experience the loss of a loved one, we may doubt God. We may ask ourselves the tough questions like why my mom, why my spouse, or why my child? You may be frustrated or angry or sad all at once?
All of those feelings are perfectly normal and to be expected. This is the time to weep and the time to mourn (Eccl 3:4). It's ok to not be ok!
But as we ask ourselves those questions remember what it says in Proverbs 3:5
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
We serve a God who is not distant and without emotion (Psalm 34:18). Rather He is close and attached and cries at the loss of His friends and loved ones (John 11:35). As you cry, He is right there with you collecting your tears and keeping track of your sorrows (Psalm 56:8). He's there to heal your heart and any wounds you may be suffering during this time (Psalm 147:3). Though it may not feel like it, the Bible says you who are suffering are blessed and you will be comforted ( Matthew 5:4). The Lord will lift you above this situation and give you the strength that you need to get through this (Isaiah 41:10).
The Lord wants you to have peace, even in this tough time, but not just any peace. "His" peace. This is a peace that you have never known before because it's not of this world (John 14:27). He'll give you this when you fully trust and focus on Him (Isaiah 26:3).
The Lord cares for you! Cast all your anxiety, fears, doubts and insecurities on Him (1 peter 5:7). He will not leave you, You are not forgotten! Remember what it says in Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."