Focus: Looking ahead
Psalm 30:11-12 (NKJV) You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Whether your loss is a person, a position, or a thing…God knows. He not only knows, but He cares. He not only cares, but He is able to restore.
You may say, “How can He restore something that is gone?” Well, I have to say in some cases—He won’t. He may not restore the exact person, position, or thing you lost—but He will fill you in a way that will change your pain.
You may say, “Well, that’s a cop out—I want what I had back.” And of course, you do. It’s not easy to lose someone, or part of yourself, or something that meant a lot to you—and know whatever you lost will never come back to you.
The fact that you’re reading and seeking is a good sign. You are hopeful of receiving comfort and encouragement. That’s a huge step. You may still have raw places that ache in the night when everything is quiet and you’re trying to rest, but rest won’t come.
Be patient. God is at work. He has been working and He will continue to work on your behalf, until you are whole.
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You may not be at the point where you are ready to dance and sing. Your loss may be in the too recent past for you to feel like you are ‘stable’ enough to do either of those things, but I want to give you a word of encouragement. There is hope ahead. You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “God never closes a door without opening a window.” It’s not a Bible verse, but the saying makes a good point. God is going to do something wonderful for you…He won’t necessarily give back what you had, but He will give you more of Himself to heal the hurt.
God is able to fill us in ways we can’t even imagine. We think we are as filled as we will ever get when we have had a great victory and are on a mountaintop, but when we suffer a devastating loss that looks irreparable in our eyes—He can fill us again, no matter what.
Filling the empty place is something God is good at. He holds nothing back. It is we who hesitate to allow Him to do what He longs to do for us.
The Lord doesn’t enjoy seeing you struggle. He allowed your loss, it’s true—but as permanent as it may seem—you will not be left alone. As you are able to receive Him into your vacancy—the Spirit of the Lord will fill you. The Grace of God is sufficient for you and He is more than enough.
Isaiah 61 foretold the ministry of Jesus. It predicted that He would be filled with the Spirit of the Lord God. It said Jesus would be anointed to bring good tidings to the poor. He would heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and open the prison of those who have been bound. …He would come to comfort all who mourn, …to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they would be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He would be glorified.
There is so much more to your loss than you know. It is the Lord’s desire to fill you completely. The loss you have experienced is an opportunity to receive not only comfort from the Lord—but the Lord, Himself, as a replacement.
True, you lost a precious part of you…but nothing is as precious as the Lord and His love for you. He is everything you lost, and more. He is the all-becoming one. He is the first and last–the beginning and the end of all things. There is nothing He cannot become for you, if you will give Him permission.
Can you invite Him into the gaping hole? Can you give Him permission to enter that private place of personal pain? Will you say to Him, “Come”? He is waiting.
Declaration: I will find new strength by inviting the Lord to fill the place of emptiness, left by my loss. I know He is able to fill me. I know He is willing to fill me. By an act of faith and my own will, I say, “Come.”
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