Truth and Sorrow
In my late twenties, sorrow deceived me and took me to a dark place. I was a ball of emotions and understood none of them.
I paced the floor of my apartment and did a lot of talking and reasoning out loud with God.
My first question was, why did I feel the way I did. Yes, I wanted to be married and have children, but was that a valid enough reason to be so bound? Why does sorrow have this much power over me? I needed to understand this feeling, so I could control it, instead of it controlling me.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9 ESV)
Sorrow is defined as…
“a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune…”
Believers in Christ have to see beyond the standard definition of sorrow. Sorrow is what it is, but because of who God is, sorrow loses validity in many areas of our lives.
Let me explain…
It is a feeling of deep distress caused by “loss”. When I evaluated my life, I realized that I hadn’t lost anything. I was waiting, but I wasn’t losing.
My heart was mourning as if someone had died, when it fact my blessing was yet to born!
We can make better sense of sorrow when we measure it against God’s truth. There is no definitive loss in God. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. We must have confidence that for every door that shuts, God will present a door to a better opportunity.
When we came to Christ He took our sorrow and put in it’s place hope, joy, and love. Sorrow comes, but it no longer has a permanent address in our life. God’s truth makes it unnecessary for sorrow to stay.
How do I lose, when it’s not over until God says it’s over? How can I be disappointed, if God says that He will give me a better man than who I had before?
In the light of truth, the deceit of the heart is exposed.
Sorrow could have deceived me and taken my life, but the truth put sorrow in it’s proper place, and the truth has made me free.