“Surely he hath borne our grieves, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:4
Grief comes through many avenues and in many forms. It comes when we lose a loved one to death. It comes when we have to say, “Good bye” to a child that is going to war. It comes when a relationship is severed. It can come when something that you looked forward to eludes your gasp. It can come when your hopes and dreams have been shattered. It can come suddenly and without warning. Grief is something that touches the lives of everyone- the young, the old, male, female, rich or poor, no matter where in the world you live- no one is exempt. If you live in this world it’s certain that it will touch your life one day if it hasn’t already.
While grief is something that will touch everyone’s life at some point in time, it doesn’t have to destroy us- it doesn’t have to become our “master”. We don’t have to let grief control our lives and take us down the path of depression and misery. How is that possible? Because Jesus bore our “grieves and carried our sorrows”. Not only did Jesus die on the cross to save us from our sins and give us eternal life, He also bore our grieves. What a loving God we have that cares about our hurts and pains. He knew our lives would be touched with heartaches that would be too great for us to bear, so He bore them for us so that the weight of them would not crush us when they came. This means that we can turn to Him in our times of grief and pain and have confidence that He not only hears our cries but “understands” them and can give us the peace that we need. Only He can touch our lives with peace- a peace that passes understanding. A peace that can dry our tears and mend our hearts. He knows what it’s like. He knows what it means to hurt and suffer grief- because He has already bore it. (This means- in our modern day vernacular- He’s been there and done that.) “He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” (Isaiah 53:3a).
Jesus is touched by your pain. He does care that you hurt. He understands your grief. And He’s already done something about it. He’s provided peace, joy and strength for you. Turn to Him; put your trust in Him; know that He is the one who binds up broken hearts and brings peace and healing once again. He wants to do it for you. He is the Comforter, and He can comfort you today.
Have a blessed day. He knows what grief is like, therefore, He knows exactly how you feel.
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