When you lose a loved one how is it possible you can keep praising, God, stand firm in the faith, and keep trusting God in the midst of grief?
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If you’ve been left questioning does God hear the cries of my heart? Is God even there? Does God care about me and how I’m left feeling lost and alone?
The simple answer to all these questions is a BIG YES! You can trust in the Lord in the midst of grief. This is week #15 in our Hope for Grief: A Grief and Loss Collaboration Series.
I’m so excited that Dr. Ifeoma Samuel from Purposeful and Meaningful agreed to another post in this series. I am so grateful for her. Her following post Trusting God in the Midst of Grief.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:6
DON’T FORGET TO PIN ME FOR LATER
- 1 How do you trust in the Lord in the midst of grief?
- 1.1 The Lord knows how to walk this journey
- 1.2 It is ok to be prayed for
- 1.3 In the midst of grief God’s comfort is available for you
- 1.4 Jesus is touched by your sufferings in the midst of loss
- 1.5 It is safe to trust in the midst of grief
- 1.6 Fellowship and comfort in the community of believers
- 1.7 God will never leave us alone in this wilderness: Trust in the Lord
- 2 In closing, Trusting God in the Midst of Grief
How do you trust in the Lord in the midst of grief?
It was hard on us. My husband was suffering the pain of his brother. As he went on and on about his late brother, I knew well healing would be an impossible journey without God pouring his comfort over us.
Honestly, I have never seen anything rattle my husband this way. Death does a number on us. It changes the calmest or strongest of us.
We mourn in our own way.
The death of a loved one can either bring us closer together or keep us further apart.
It is what we do with our grief experience that counts.
He wanted closure. There are some things we may never understand until the end of time.
When my kids are curious to grasp meanings they question ideas or decisions with “Why.” We are all curious.
The kid in us doesn’t quit looking for answers. We want to process. We play back memories in search of answers. We ask the weirdest questions.
Pressing forward was all that was in my heart. We had lingered here for months.
Grief feels a lot like being in the valley of life.
I prayed for God to bring us to the rock higher (Psalm 61:1).
We were overrun and overwhelmed with tragedy and grief. The sadness hung over our shoulders. I could barely look my beloved in the face. His pair of glasses masked his deeply hurting eyes.
To trust God for this journey is going back to the Word and holding on to His promises.
The Lord knows how to walk this journey
It is a lie to think God is not aware of what we are passing through. None can tell you what lies ahead but you can trust God to hold your hand through this.
I was scared. I was worried about almost everything. As the months rolled by, I realize there was nothing we could do in the midst of this wilderness except God.
I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land. Hosea 13:5
It is ok to be prayed for
It is hard to come into his presence when we are mourning. Sometimes we don’t know what to say. There were countless nights I placed my hands over my husband’s shoulder praying for God’s peace over him.
In the midst of grief God’s comfort is available for you
Comfort is a salve for hurting hearts. It is hard to find words to pacify a mourning soul. There were times words failed me. I listened and prayed under my breath.
Jesus is touched by your sufferings in the midst of loss
Trust doesn’t mean you stop balling your eyes all of a sudden. Jesus wept in John 11:35.
Then Jesus wept. John 11:35
I can only imagine the atmosphere Lazarus was to be buried in. Perhaps Jesus heard the heart cries and silent prayers. I know it’s ok to cry, Jesus did too. It is never easy missing a dear loved one.
It is safe to trust in the midst of grief
Our hearts and emotions are safe in His presence. Christ was touched by our sufferings. Grief and loss is not new thing.
Fellowship and comfort in the community of believers
Grief can be lonely. It doesn’t have to be. There is a huge blessing drawing encouragement from others. We are not so different from one another. Our shared faith experiences are for others to see a beacon of hope.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4
God will never leave us alone in this wilderness: Trust in the Lord
Just as the Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace of fire, He is right there walking in the midst of the fire with you.
For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die. Psalm 48:14
Sing that hymn; say that prayer more often than you can count. Let your heart rest in the comfort Christ gives. Grief should never end our worship. It is what the enemy wants.
That’s the whole story.
In closing, Trusting God in the Midst of Grief
Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. Ecclesiastes 12:13
God loves you still no matter what. Nothing can take his love away from us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
Don’t you just love Dr. Ifeoma Samuel’s writing? I know I do for sure. I want to leave some helpful resources for you. Our help guide for loss, grief journaling prompts, grief books, grief podcasts, and finally, some prayer prompts.
Ifeoma Samuel is your down-to-earth Bible Study writer and speaker, passionate about teaching and helping women find true joy in everyday life. Ifeoma enjoys encouraging women, to go deeper in search of God’s truth for their lives through many conferences, books, videos, and articles scattered all over the web.
She has spent years being a children and Youth teacher and mentor. When not teaching or reading, she complies with interactive Bible Studies and Bible plans for children and women or records for her Youtube channel. Ifeoma is happily married to her sweetheart, Obiora, and they are parents to one lovely daughter and a bonus son. Find Devotionals and Bible studies on the blog Purposeful and Meaningful.
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