Archive | August 2010

Getting Over Grief

How can we get past heart break over the loss of someone or something? 

We must give the person or situation to the Lord and ask Him to remove the sorrow and grief from our hearts. We can keep the good memories of a lost loved one, but we must not allow the enemy to torment us with the grief of our loss. God will replace the emptiness we feel from the loss of a mate, a child, a friend, or a home, if we ask Him to do this. Jesus died on the cross, not only to give us eternal life, but He also died to take our grief and sorrows. Jesus Christ, on the cross bore all of our iniquities, pain, sickness and sorrow. Since He took them, we do not have to take these things, but rather receive our salvation, healing, deliverance and peace by faith.

Proverbs 15:14 tells us that if we have God’s understanding, we can ask Him for the knowledge to overcome every trial and problem we face.  God is bigger than our grief, sorrow, pain and every problem that any of us could face. We must never blame Him for our troubles, as the devil is the trouble maker, not our Lord. God is there for us, to help us overcome anything the enemy has done, or is trying to do. God is the one that will rescue us and help us in our hour of need.  However, we must not be like the fool who feeds on his folly. This is a person who is continually mouthing  his troubles and blaming others, including God, for his circumstances.  He feeds on self-pity and rehearses his problems to all who will listen. We must give our heartaches and troubles to God and keep a cheerful attitude no matter what is going on in our lives. We need to remember, “this too, shall pass” as God is eternal and has a good plan for our future.

Why and what for?

What do you want? If God were to ask you what He could do for you; if He were to ask what He could give to you…what would your answer be?  Responses can range from houses and cars; money and positions; fame and friends. People want new spouses and better children; more stuff and less stress. There are lists of things and many requests. But why, and what for?

These things that we desire and the requests that we have….most are senseless, and meaningless; backed by selfish motives and prideful ambitions. Some of these things are temporary and short-lived. Other things are desired simply because we are ungrateful for what we already have. But why and what for?

What are the real benefits? Whether you are rich or poor, when you experience a tragedy, it still hurts the same. Whether your house is big or small’ whether you have a position or not; whether you have a car or you ride a bus…when you are on your death bed, you are still going to die. We can ask for some things and seek for some stuff, but why and what for?

When God asked Solomon what he wanted, Solomon asked for wisdom. And the Bible says, “And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.” I Kings 3:10 God told Solomon that because he did not ask for long life; or riches or for the life  of his enemies…He would give him what he asked for AND riches, honor and long life. Solomon chose the one thing that leads to all things; Godly wisdom. When we have Godly wisdom, we are seeking understanding of God and His Word.

In order to walk this walk; receive what we need; avoid those things that would destroy us; and have a hope of eternal life, we need Godly wisdom. This world and everything in it will perish, but God’s Word will never perish. Without wisdom, we are aimlessly seeking for happiness and fulfillment in temporary, unstable ways.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Ask for something that will last. Ask for more of HIM!

Rev. Toni-Brooke is the pastor of God’s Storehouse, an outreach ministry in Detroit. Her burden and passion is for people who are broken, hurt, and bound with addiction, abuse, anger, depression, and other life-struggling issues. She is also the author and publisher of the devotional book Watch Your Step.