It is incredible to me that after choosing to become a follower of Jesus, this is the next step He gives me. He is telling us that after becoming His children we are still going to have troubles and tribulations on this earth because this is not our real home. Heaven awaits us, but for now we are living in our temporary home on fallen earth.
To mourn is an expression of grief, sorrow, sadness, to agonize, to groan, to moan, to cry and to wail. Abba is encouraging us to mourn through the grid of Jesus and be comforted. We will be blessed if we cry out to Him, tell Him everything, ask for His help and cast our burdens on Him. In Matthew 11:28 He encourages us with these words, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
What do we do with our problems if we don’t run to Him? Most likely, we will complain to others, deny there is a problem or place blame somewhere else. What do these choices do to my heart? Pain stuffed, never dies; it simmers to a boiling caldron of bitterness, resentment, un-forgiveness or self-pity. If we live in denial and blame; our hearts block God’s love for us and keep us from falling in love with Him. We don’t give Him a chance to show us how He can work good through our sad circumstances.
When I cry to Jesus, I am on a path that guides me to peace, healing and acceptance. And the most amazing thing happens; I am blessed with a more intimate relationship with Him because I experience His comforting presence in my life. You are blessed if you mourn, because Abba Father will comfort you through Jesus Christ Himself; the Greatest Comforter of all! Jesus takes my hurts and heartaches upon Himself and gives me rest!
If we will choose to mourn through the grid of Jesus we will be blessed, because He will specifically encourage, teach, strengthen, defend and comfort us. Why in the world don’t we run to Him with everything?
Paul wrote in Phil 4:12-13 (Message) "I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am."
When I grieve through the hurt with the Lord, it is my soul’s way of submitting to the Spirit within me. My soul recognizes that the Lord my Savior is Sovereign, and I am ill-equipped to handle my problems on my own. This in turn helps me to trust Jesus because I experience His care over me. Mourning through the grid of Jesus cultivates intimacy with my Lord, which lays the foundation for trust and love.
Follower of Christ, this practice of taking all our hurts, sadness and troubles to Jesus is critical for our growth in Him. I think this is why we experience so many Christians in the church hurting others and being a poor witness for Christ. We need healing! Years ago, I had a forgiveness issue that was deep and painful. I prayed, but didn’t feel healed. The Lord put on my heart to fast for five days. During those five days, I cried, moaned, grieved, blubbered, and told Him every detail. At the end of my five days of fasting I had one last cleansing, bawling session and then the Great Comforter told me things in my spirit about the situation I didn’t know or didn’t have eyes to see. Blessed are those who mourn through the grid of Jesus, for they shall be comforted. I was blessed, my heart was healed and the chains of un-forgiveness fell from me. There is no way I could have totally forgiven this person without divine help; God’s ways work!
Be blessed my friend; take it all to Jesus and allow Him to comfort you.