WEDNESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY, 2017
THEME: ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
TEXT: LUKE 19:41-44
HYMN: EMHB 278 – Away with our fears
There is a book titled “Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow” by Nancy Guthrie. Nancy lost both her infant daughter and son to the same metabolic disease a few years apart. In the book’s introduction, she remembered her pastor asking at the graveside service for her infant daughter, “This is the place where we ask: Is the gospel really true? I believe it is, Lord, but I realize I have holes in my understanding that are exposed by this tragedy. I asked it again at my Aunt’s funeral. I have asked it repeatedly as I walked with yet another friend through betrayal and abandonment. There are times when the only thing that sustains me is that, like the disciples in John 6, I have nowhere else to go.”
When our heart is grieved with depression and sorrow, when tears roll down our cheeks and a situation looks hopeless, we should be consoled by the fact that there is a MASTER COMFORTER, one who has passed through the same road we are now passing. One who truly understands our pain and anguish. The great Comforter is Jesus Christ.
Are you troubled? Are you depressed? Are you traumatized? Are you devastated? In the text, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem and predicted its overthrow which later happened in A.D. 70. Jesus is the all-knowing God and He knows all your problems. He knows your troubles – because He has been troubled like you before. Cast your burden upon Him and find peace for your troubled soul.
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 21:6 “These things which you see, the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”
PRAYER: The all-knowing God, the ever present One in period of need, be my help in every time of trouble. Grant me true peace and when the storms of life appear, may I truly find joy in You in Jesus’ name.