Conquering the Goliath of Grief

facing-your-giants-sermon-title-slideGoliath was a Philistine giant that bullied the Israelites  every chance he got. He taunted and tormented them. See Goliath thought that because of his size that he was undefeated and that no one could take him down. He found pleasure in harassing the town of Israel and causing misery amongst the people. He didn’t realize that God was raising up a little shepherd boy that would not only take him down but also one day become King. David was not as big as Goliath. He may not have been as strong nor as smart as him either but the two things that David had that Goliath did not was courage and faith in God. David knew that the same God who had delivered him from the claws of a bear in the wilderness would also deliver him from the hands of this giant and give him the victory.

I often times look at grief as the Goliath in my life. I think it’s safe to say that I am not the only one. It can be a bully at times. It’s an unhappy feeling that leaves you feeling anguished and desolate. In other words it causes a lot of misery just like Goliath did to the Israelites. Just when you begin to feel a little better, you think YES!, I’m getting through this, that feeling of grief ( sadness, fear, despair ) tries to come right back with the attempt to steal your joy; but like David I’m reassured in those times because I know that the same God that was with me in the beginning of this journey is still with me now and he will see me through to Victory and he’ll do the same for you against the giants in your life!

Grief, A Thorn In The Flesh

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When I think of Grief and the symptoms associated with it, I think of Paul in the Bible. In 2 Corinthians Paul often speaks of having a thorn in his flesh. The thorn was causing him a lot of pain. He could not understand why God would allow him to endure such agony. Paul describes the thorn as torment and a messenger of Satan. He pleaded with God to remove the thorn but God would not. I often refer to grief as a thorn in the flesh. Although not a messenger from Satan, it’s painful. It’s uncomfortable and it causes a lot of fear. We plead with God just as Paul did to make it go away. To make the pain go away but he can not. There is no way around the grief our hearts feel. We can’t escape it. We can’t pray it away and we can’t wish our loved ones back.

It’s something that we have to face whether we want to or not. One thing that I have realized on my journey is that God will not remove it but he will definitely help us get through it. He will help us endure the sadness, the anxiety, the depression and the fear. He comfort our hearts and let us know that we are not alone. He becomes our Lily in the Valley and that Bright and Morning Star that somehow leads us out of the darkness and brings us to the light again. Grief is a dark place, Right!? He redirects our negative thoughts and gets us back on track again. God reminds us just as he did Paul that his ” Grace is Sufficient  for his strength is made perfect in our weakness. ” What an awesome God!

See Paul understood that being a believer, a follower of Christ that he would have to endure some insults, some hardships, persecutions and some tragic losses. Paul knew that he had to take the bitter with the sweet and the good with the bad. We too must understand like Paul that life will not always be pleasing. There will be things that shake our faith, that will make us doubt God and the promises and at times leave us questioning our very existence but I am encouraged because I know that God would not put more on me than I could bear. I’m encouraged because I know that he is with me always, even in the pit ( the dark and lonely times ). In John 16:33 God tells us that in this life we will have tribulations but be of good cheer because he has overcome the world. I am encouraged because he Overcame and now I can Overcome and so can you !

 

 

 

 

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