When I am grieving, I know these things to be true:
"But now, God's Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: 'Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called your name. You're mine. When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down. When you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you . . . that's how much you mean to me! That's how much I love you! I'd sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you. ' " Isaiah 43:1-4 (The Message)
- God cares when I am hurting.
"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all." Psalm 34:17-19 KJV
"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:15-16 KJV
- God will not scold me when I feel depressed.
"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering (dimly burning) wick he will not snuff out." Isaiah 42:3
- God has not forgotten me.
"But said, 'The Lord has forsake me, the Lord has forgotten me.' Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Isaiah 49:14-15
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
- God wants me to tell Him what I am troubled about- honestly.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30
"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy." Psalm 61:1-3
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139:23,24
- God is big enough, wise enough, and strong enough to care for me.
"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Deuteronomy 33:27
"But now, this is what the Lord says- he who created you, your name, he who formed you O, your name; Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:1-2
"So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded." Hebrews 10:35
" . . .there is hope for a tree: if it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil. yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant." Job 14:7-9
"Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:18,19
- For everything I go through, there is a purpose. God is a Redeemer God- he can bring good out of anything if I commit it to Him.
"Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." Deuteronomy 8:2-3
" . . .to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." James 2:1-5
"Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a door of hope." Hosea 2:14,15
" . . .who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the suffering of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows." II Corinthians 1:4-5
- I will not always understand what is happening to me.
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than you ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9
"Not my will, but thine be done." Luke 22:42, KJV
"The 11th chapter of Hebrews bears relevance to believers who have gone through great sorrow and suffering. Described in that chapter are the men and women who persevered in hardship and danger for the sake of the Cross. Some were tortured, imprisoned, flogged, stoned, sawed in two and put to death by the sword. They were destitute, mistreated, persecuted and inadequately clothed. They wandered in deserts, in mountains, in caves and in holes in the ground. It is most important to understand that 'they died not receiving what they had been promised.' In other words, they held onto their faith to the point of death, even though God had not explained what He was doing." Hebrews 11:35-40 Dr. James Dobson
- Making proper choices are essential- little things matter.
"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." Deuteronomy 30:19,20
- I need others for encouragement and accountability.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
- One day all suffering will be over - that gives me hope.
"Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, and there shall be nor more pain, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:3-4, KJV
"They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes." Revelation 7:16-17, KJV
- His word can be depended on.
"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4
When I am grieving, I know this to be true: I can depend upon God. His word is true. He will walk with me on my journey. He will never leave me. He will never forsake me. He will lead me into truth.
- His word will strengthen me as I feed upon it.
"My soul is weary with sorrow, strengthen me according to your word." Psalm 119: 28
- If I listen, He will sing to me.
"When I call thee to mind upon my bed and think on Thee in the watches of the night, remembering how thou hast been my help and that I am safe in the shadow of thy wings, then I humbly follow thee with all my heart." Psalm 63:6-8 New English Bible
"We went through fire and water; but you brought us out to fulfillment." Psalm 66:12 TLB
"The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life." Psalm 42:8
Compiled by Ronda Knuth; ©rjknuth, 2000
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Strength for Today: Review the verses above. Choose one that is especially meaningful to you. Write a prayer to God based on that scripture.