During Times of Sorrow
When I read the Bible I think of two people that had deep sorrowful moments, David and Jesus. David is described as a man after God’s own heart.(Acts13:22NIV) Jesus is described as a man of sorrows. (Isaiah 53:3NLT)
The Bible is the perfect place to turn during times of sorrow because it gives real life accounts of people’s trials of sorrow and how they overcame. The book of Psalms is filled with passages of pain. In these scriptures David pleads for his body, his soul to overcome sorrow by rejoicing in The Lord.
Jesus also overcame sorrow by praying and obeying God. These two examples lead me to seek The Lord in my times of sorrow. Often times we look inward when we are sad, but I believe looking upward to our Heavenly Father is key to joy and restoration.
Key verses: Isaiah 53:3-12
“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:3-12 NIV