Once I was on the telephone to a friend and I told him how I was grieving and how difficult it was sometimes and how painful. My friend responded with something which comforted me greatly. He said: “Look he’s not with you now, but you know that he is somewhere, and you know that wherever that is, he still loves you.”
If we turn to God in brokenness, humility and helplessness and ask Him to help us, we can be sure that He will because He promised us he would and God does not lie.
When it gets too much we can hand our grief over to God and ask him to take it from us, and He will.
God will comfort us, and also we were told to comfort each other.
Just before the ordeal which led to His crucifixion, Jesus promised His disciples that another “Comforter” would be sent to them after He was gone:
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” John 14:16
When King David’s baby son died, David said: “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2 Sam 12:23)
Job said: “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13)
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor 4:16-18)
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Cor 5:8)
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 40:3)
Be comforted in that the Bible does say that we shall see our loved ones again, and God’s word is true:
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” (Psalm 56:8)
“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
[Please see also on this blog: “When Things Get Tough” and “Who I am in Christ”]