"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5 NKJV).
God’s promises in the Bible are for you. Choose to embrace them and live them out in faith. Beth, who lost both her husband and her mother within a year, read God’s promise in Psalm 30:5 (above). Not only did she find comfort in this verse, but she also acted on it in faith.
She says, "I had a difficult time in the mornings waking up, facing the day; it’s sort of that ‘what do you have to live for?’ feeling. So, particularly special to me was that verse about joy coming in the morning. Every morning I’d say, ‘Lord, what day is my joy coming? What day is my joy coming?’
"Finally I woke up one morning, and my joy had returned. That doesn’t mean that I was fine from then on. It doesn’t mean I didn’t cry and break down and so forth. But there was that peace and that joy that had been missing for those months. It was just wonderful to have that back again."
Lord, I believe Your promises. May my actions be a reflection of my beliefs. Amen.
No matter how difficult it is for you to concentrate, no matter how busy your schedule, no matter what emotion you are feeling—discipline yourself to read the Bible daily.
Kay Arthur says, "Many times it’s very hard for people who are grieving to read the Word because the pain is so great, because they cannot concentrate, because their thoughts keep running back to their pain or to the situation or to the wound, and it’s hard to focus."
God’s Word brings healing, growth, and life. By reading His Word daily, you will be prepared to face anything the day may bring. You will be victorious in all areas—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—through Christ.
"He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions" (Psalm 107:20 nasb).
I need You, Lord Jesus. I need Your Word. Deliver me from myself. Amen
The moment you surrender your life to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes upon you and lives in you to guide you and intercede for you. When you do not know what to say to God, when words completely fail you, the Holy Spirit is always there speaking for you.
Dr. Norman Peart says, "It’s somewhat like in a wartime scene where there are those who are right on the edge of the battle with the walkie-talkies, communing back with the base and saying exactly what was needed on the front. In that period of time, I believe the Holy Spirit is doing more than most people give Him credit for or realize."
Through the power of the Holy Spirit you can do more than just exist from day to day. You can live life at a higher level than the world has to offer. Listen to His Spirit today. Believe that His awesome presence is filling you. Trust that He knows what you need better than you do.
"In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God" (Romans 8:26-27 nasb).
Holy Spirit, I do not know the words to pray. Intercede on my behalf because You know exactly what I need. I bow down before you now with a listening heart. I want to experience the fullness of Your Spirit within me. I want to live Your way. Amen.
Open your eyes today to the gift of God’s creation. Make a point to look up and notice and savor what you see.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world" (Psalm 19:1-4).
The beauty of creation is crying out daily for you to see and to worship the Creator in response. Live life on a different level today—a higher level.
Elisabeth Elliot says, "It’s our human nature to fret and stew and try everything in the world to satisfy ourselves, but that is never going to be the answer. I myself have found tremendous comfort and joy in observing God’s creation."
Creator God, what treasures and beauties do You have in store for me today? What new wonder is just waiting to be seen? Amen.
Not only do I understand, but I was reminded by your words of another who suffered greatly in a physical sense. After days of intense pain, Job came to the same conclusion as you. "Cursed be the day of my birth, and cursed be the night when I was conceived. Let that day be turned to darkness. Let it be lost even to God on high, and let it be shrouded in darkness. (Job 3:3-4 NLT) The book of Job records for us the sentiments of a soul that is tortured by physical pain. Although not many can relate to this forlorn man, I do not believe that anyone would question his or your desire to put an end to that pain. In fact, mankind has so identified with your dilemma that they have begun to embrace the concept of assisted suicide.
But let me help you just for a moment to think past the pain. People many times resort to death over pain because they have no alternative. Because you have written for spiritual consideration, may I encourage you to remember that God offers you an alternative? You may know that Job suffered, but did you know that the outcome of his pain was a greater capacity to experience the presence and love of God? When we come to that place in our own human strength, when we feel that we are unable to continue, that is the place God desires to under gird us with a supernatural ability to endure, if not for our own sake, for the sake of others. Although ending your life might stop your immediate suffering, it would not be the end of the matter for your husband.
As one who sits with those who are left behind by a loved one, please let me encourage you to hold onto the obvious love you have for your husband and his for you in fighting the natural desire to stop hurting. I cannot tell you how many times a husband or wife has wept bitterly on my shoulder over not being able to have just one more conversation or hold their beloved’s face in their hands. Allow God, through prayer, to give you the strength to fight your desire to quit. And don’t forget that God is willing to work not just through the supernatural, but also natural means.
There is a very interesting story in 2 Kings 20, concerning one of Israel’s Kings that shows the delicate balance God uses between our physical world and faith. King Hezekiah was suffering from a disease and had been told that he that was going to die. He turned to God in prayer and the Lord responded to his faith by answering his prayer and giving him another 15 years of life. However, God healed him through the practical application of medical treatment to his body. I give you this example from God’s Word to show you that God is willing to meet you at your point of need through not only the medical means of pain management, but also through the supernatural empowerment of prayer.
So, while I do understand your human desire to “end it all,” I pray that you will consider the ramifications that decision would have on your husband and that you would allow God, through prayer, to strengthen you so that you, too, would be able to say with Job: "I had heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance." (Job 42:5-6 NLT).
Adults generally change through a significant emotional event. What more significant emotional event is there than the loss of a loved one?
When logic doesn’t seem to apply and being in control is not an option, you are left feeling vulnerable. This is the point at which you are ready to learn. Recognize the need to learn more about God in order to live.
"He learned obedience from what he suffered" (Hebrews 5:8).
Father God, I am ready to listen and learn from You. Help me to be still before You in worshipful silence. Amen.
"The most exciting thing that ever happened to me—the greatest decision I’ve made in my life—was to turn over my life to Jesus Christ and have a new life and be told that God has a plan for my life," says Chandra.
If you have surrendered your life to Christ, you are a new creation. You have entered into a new relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the first step on an exciting spiritual journey.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When your old habits and patterns of thinking try to come back—and they will try—immediately turn them over to God and choose instead to do something pleasing to Him. It is helpful to have a plan in place. Find a Christian friend whom you can call at any hour of the day for encouragement and prayer. Be involved in a regular Bible study and keep up with the study. Help others in the church and community through volunteer work.
Jesus, I am a new creation! The decision to follow You is life changing, and that’s what I want and need. Lead me to new activities and relationships that honor You. Amen.