Losing someone or something dear to us is an experience that we all face at some point in life. In our deepest sorrow, sometimes we find ourselves struggling not only with the reality of our loss, but often, crucially, with our faith in God. It can be in these most painful times that we may feel God is silent, and wonder where He is in our situation.
But even as we walk through the darkest nights of our soul, we are not alone (see Psalm 27:10) and we do not ‘grieve as others do who have no hope’ (1 Thessalonians 4:13 ESV). In those searching moments, we remember that from the first pages of Genesis through to the climax of Revelation, the Bible is rich in conversation between God and humankind. God’s Word speaks of relationship, and God wants one with you – whatever is happening in your life.
Facing the giant of grief and loss is a journey – not a single moment – that we take one step at a time. And we won’t emerge from this journey unchanged. Whether you are seeking to support someone close to you in their loss, or you are in the midst of your own grief, seemingly hanging on by a mere thread, don’t turn back or let go. Take heart. God’s promise is that there will be ‘treasures hidden in the darkness’ – that you may know He is the Lord (Isaiah 45:3 NLT). He will bestow on us ‘a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair’ (Isaiah 61:3 NIV).
The Facing Your Giants series is designed to help people like you find God’s help in dealing with the challenges that face us all.
Contained in these little booklets are big truths from God’s Word, guidance on how to pray, and practical suggestions for change. There are 29 readings from Bob Gass, author of the UCB Word For Today, to help you practise new thought patterns and habits day by day for a month. As the Bible says, ‘he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world’ (1 John 4:4 ESV). With the help of our great God, you can face any giant in front of you.
David L’Herroux - Chief Executive, United Christian Broadcasters