Loss is an inevitable part of life. Losing a loved one, a job, a friend, a relationship. Everyone has a time and season in your life. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”

It is often hard to bear the loss of someone you care about. When friendships end, it seems unbearable. When you lose your job, you may feel you are in despair. The key to dealing with loss is finding peace in God’s infinite wisdom. While it is hard to lose something, it is a blessing to have had it in the first place. We often forget to rejoice in the life and goodness that we are blessed with and that is what God wants.

Job is a great example on how we should respond to loss. The story of Job answers the question of “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Job was a man of God. God even explained how faithful Job was by stating “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job 1:8. God blessed Job immensely for his faith and Job was always protected by God; however, he faced his trials when God allowed satan to enter into his life. Satan destroyed Job’s livestock, servants and children. Job’s response to his loss is important with for dealing with any loss we experience. “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. THEN he fell to the ground in WORSHIP and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’ In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Job 1:20-22.

So often we blame God and become angry with God when we experience loss. What if instead of being angry you found peace with God. We should try to remember how God has blessed us and given to us and he can certainly take away from us. We should remember that when we are blessed we should give thanks and when we are persecuted we should praise the Lord. God deserves praise through everything because he PROVIDES everything!

It is not easy to praise God when we lose our job, our family, or our friends, but it should be done. God makes no mistakes and although we experience pain from our loss. I have to constantly remember to lean on God through my pain as David did, “Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me” (Psalms 30:2). The pain I experience is temporary “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalms 30:5). How wonderful is our God that he knows we hurt and he heals us and restores our soul? Being thankful for loss is hard, but it is through this process that you lean closer to God and become more intimate with Him, so He can fill and restore your soul. Of course it is easier said than done, but challenge yourself to rest your pain in God’s arms. Allow Him to be your refuge.

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

Be Blessed, Kay H

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