The world tells us that it’s not worthwhile to grieve our sin—that we should forget about past mistakes and seize the day, lest we miss out on something exciting. But grief is a useful and necessary part of being human. Consider what happens when, instead of avoiding pain, we seek God’s comfort, or we try to do right by others who are suffering. And keep in mind that the Lord is no stranger to grief. For example, we see in John 11 that Jesus wept for His friend Lazarus. And on the cross, He experienced unfathomable grief and pain for the sake of the world.
Whether we are mourning our own personal losses or the sins of the world, the Lord is with us. And He assures us of more than comfort when we surrender our suffering to Him: He promises His saving grace.
THINK ABOUT IT
• God doesn’t always tell us the reason we are suffering or in pain, but He does promise to comfort us. This week, meditate on 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. What does it mean that God is the “Father of mercies and God of all comfort”?
• Think about Jesus grieving for His friend. What does that tell you about the Lord’s heart?