Did you know “Man can live 40 days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope!” One in five adults experiences mental illness each year. Suicide is never the right choice . . . ever! We all grieve differently. Jesus wept. C.H. Spurgeon struggled greatly with severe depression. What do we do with our tears? We bring them to God.
The Bible must be read, memorized, and applied. We must be engaged in prayer constantly committing it to the Lord again and again. The Church must engage in encouragement from fellow believers. Lastly, we must worship, magnifying God instead of focusing on me and my pain This hope has anchored us in the midst of this tumultuous storm.
- When the Israelites criticized and turned against Moses, he “cried unto the Lord”
- When Hezekiah received a threatening letter, he “spread it out before the Lord”
- When John the Baptist was beheaded, his disciples “went and told Jesus”
Grief happens to us all in different ways,
- David, the man after God’s heart, experienced depression and discouragement.
- Job, a man who God bragged on, felt it too.
- Jeremiah wrestled with great loneliness and feelings of defeat and insecurity.
- Jesus felt it when He sweat great drops of blood.
Remember to love those around you who are suffering! God will right every wrong. He promises to bring beauty out of ashes and give joy instead of mourning.
- Psalm 126
- Romans 8:38
- Psalm 119:114
- Hebrews 6:19
- Exodus 15:25
- Isaiah 37:14
- Matthew 14:12
- John 11:21
- Psalm 126:1–6
- Psalm 126:4
- Psalm 42:11
- Jeremiah 20:14, 18
- Psalm 34:18
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