How to Make it Through Times of Grief
Grief is real
- Grief comes because of the uncertainty of physical life.
- Grief comes because of the feeling of loss.
- Grief comes and it is awkward and uncomfortable.
- Grief coming from death is the most obvious area that we deal with.
Jeremiah reflects on his grief – vs. 19
- Wormwood is a desert plant in the daisy family from which people extracted medicine that tasted bitter.
- Gall refers to the bile produced by the gall bladder which is also bitter.
- Wormwood and gall appear together in Jeremiah and Lamentations as a metaphor for the bitterness of life in Jeremiah. – Jer. 9:15; 23:15; Lam. 3:19
- Jeremiah looks around him and sees only his own sadness and loss.
- He looks around to other people and find no answers.
- He looks inside himself and sees nothing that will satisfy any of the needs he has.
- He looks up and finds all that he needs.
Hope Vs 21
- Hope in God meets our needs in grief because hope means the grief we feel is not the end.
Love Vs 22
- Love from God meets our needs in grief because we can know that we are valued.
Faithfulness Vs 23
- Faithfulness from God meets our needs in grief because we are not left alone.
Belonging Vs 24
- Belonging to God meets our needs in grief because we have an anchor of where we belong.
Goodness Vs 25
- Goodness in God meets our needs in grief because through prayer, His word, Holy Spirit is a constant and real part of His identity.
When we understand
ALL OF THESE
we can make it through times of grief!