Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Valley of Sorrow

For many of us, it will happen... A loved one will die. There is no greater and sobering experience in this life than when we bury a loved one. If and when this happens in your life, know that Christ stands undaunted and ready to comfort. He breeds a zero tolerance to lingering resentment and sorrow (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Adversities of this magnitude have a way of arresting our attention to the certainty of God's presence. God's purpose in the use of adversity is to cultivate a familiarity with His character. One of the great dangers and deceptions in a moment of crisis is the fear that God has distanced Himself from us and has left us to ourselves. There is only one answer to fear and sorrow in time of adversity: "The Truth." Jesus Christ said that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Remain alert to that reality. Remember: a mind stayed on fear and sorrow is a vulnerable mind and will grow resentful. Believe God, and rejoice in His promises, and there will be healing from the intoxicating influence of sorrow. God will bring you through your time of sorrow. Remember, Christians are not to sorrow as the world, which is void of hope. Christians are never without hope. It’s true... Christians never say good-bye for the last time. Amen