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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday: Sorrow, Worry and Faith

Sorrow looks back.  Sorrow is such a difficult emotion to get through.  Sorrow isn’t just caused by the death of someone, it can also be caused by a tragic situation, or even from committing an egregious sin.  Knowing that one of the names of God is “The Comforter” is a great help.  I read something that Dave McCroskey wrote last year, he said “The Shunammite woman’s son has just died.  Her response is ‘It shall be well.’ Translation: I’m not okay right now…but I will be.  II Kings 4:23”.   I had looked at it in that way before.  Such a small phrase in that story, but yet so powerful!  What a testimony she had, such great faith!

Worry looks around.  Worry can be like a disease to your heart and mind and eventually your body.  I have struggled with it for many years.  Isaiah 26:3 is the verse that I find the most comfort in…”Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”  With the help from my Lord who is omniscient (all-knowing) I’m slowing gaining victory over it.
Faith looks up.  Faith is where we find the total victory over the aforementioned things.  Trusting in God that things will be okay.  Trusting in God for the future when we can’t see what is ahead.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  When the times of sorrow and worry come, we should say as the apostles did in Luke 17:5 “…Lord, Increase our faith.”

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