Swing from tree

Many circumstances in our lives happen suddenly. These things are unexpected and may leave us struggling to process and asking ourselves and God why?  We all know that one day we will die. We just do not get to choose the when or how. The death of a family member or friend, whether expected or unexpected, leaves us hurting and grieving the loss. But the tragedy of an unexpected death takes our breath away, and it catches us off guard.  We did not get to say goodbye, or I love you one last time. We are often left searching for answers. We can turn to God and His Word for encouragement and direction.

In Psalm 40:1-3 (NLT), David writes, “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.  He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.”

Waiting on God is not easy, but we wait patiently, believing that God hears our cries. David reminds us that when we wait: (1) God will lift us out of our grief and despair, (2) God will set our feet on solid ground and strengthen us, (3) God will give us a new song to sing, a hymn of praise (4) Many people will see and be amazed by what God is doing in our lives and how we demonstrated our faith and trust in Him, (5) Because of our witness, others will put their trust in the Lord, our God.

Grieving the death of a loved one is a normal process and different for each of us. If you are going through grief now or in the future, remember David’s message of encouragement. Remember that God is in control. He hears your cries. He is Sovereign over the Sudden!

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26, NIV)