The Bible is more than a textbook; it’s a mirror.
Loss is an unavoidable fact of life.
SIX TYPES OF LOSS
• The reality of loss
• The response to loss
• How to rejoice through loss
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
David faces the reality of loss.
• Numb it
• Deny it
“Sadly, the result of denying and minimizing our wounds over many years is that we become less and less human, empty Christian shells with painted smiley faces.”
- Pete Scazzero
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
You’ll never find joy by avoiding sorrow.
“Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy.”
- Robert Pollok
The response to loss
Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
David lets his questions drive him to God, not from God.
I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble.
God can handle your questions.
How to rejoice through loss
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.
Because God has been good, we know He will be good again.
“Faith keeps the soul from sinking under heavy trials, by bringing in former experiences of the power, mercy and faithfulness of God to the afflicted soul.”
- John Willison
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
“Faith rejoices in tribulations, and triumphs before the victory.”
- John Ball