I hate death. I hate pain. I hate sorrow. I hate loss.

Nothing can prepare us for death of a loved one. When someone dies unexpectedly, even when it is known that they loved Jesus Christ and are now in Heaven with Him, it can leave those around them with a lot of tough questions and feelings of disbelief, shock, sorrow, fear and pain.

It isn’t wrong to feel this way when we experience such a loss. In fact, it is healthy to go through grief and turn to God with our questions. It is okay to not be okay.

In no way would God ever inflict this pain on us, His own children. He sent His own Son to die for us and defeat death itself just to save us from our own sin and it’s consequences. God hates death, pain, sorrow and loss.

But because of the fallen world we live in, God knew we would go through times of trials and suffering, so out of love He has already given us the answers in His Word:

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” ~ Matthew 5:4

“And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” ~ Psalm 34:18

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” ~ Psalm 147:3

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ~ Psalm 73:26

When we are facing loss we are also facing a decision: to fall into despair, or fall into the hope of God’s love and Word.

Sometimes there is no answer for a problem other than the promises in the Word of God that He is with us, He knows our suffering, and He will heal and restore our sorrows.

Today if you are facing a loss or are in pain, I encourage you to find peace and comfort in the Word of God!

God is our hope.
God is our comforter.
God is our peace.
God is our healing.
God is our promise for a better tomorrow.