Someone once said that the greatest gift we could receive is our loss of comfort and security. Really? Don’t we all want those things more than anything? Don’t we seek comfort and security every day?
Many have suffered loss during this pandemic season of 2020. Loss of any kind makes us turn inward to examine where we are with life. A loss can make us feel insecure and our footing becomes shaky at best.
It’s hard to look everywhere today……there is so much loss: loss of life, loss of freedoms, loss of businesses and homes. Some have experienced loss of marriages, of friends, of people’s integrity and their character, loss of kindness. Loss surrounds us today and many are trapped by their loss.
PHILIPPIANS 3: 8 “INDEED, I COUNT EVERYTHING AS LOSS BECAUSE OF THE SURPASSING WORTH OF KNOWING CHRIST JESUS MY LORD. FOR HIS SAKE I HAVE SUFFERED THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS AND COUNT THEM AS RUBBISH, IN ORDER THAT I MAY GAIN CHRIST.”
I certainly am not trying to minimize anyone’s losses in any way…..some have more than others. And I cannot explain why that happens, it just does. My season has had the loss of a beloved dog and also a loss of a friend. I have grieved over both. The dog was old and I miss my sweet girl every day. I grieve the friend too, only because it’s one of those situations where I don’t even know what happened, and why GOD drew us apart, because nothing was ever said. But I trust that GOD knows something I don’t and that HE has heard conversations that I didn’t and HE knows what is best for both of us.
Some people are shaken to the core, more than once! Our griefs make us search for something more, for that comfort of heart and rest for our souls. Grief is profoundly felt……
JAMES 4: 9 “BE WRETCHED AND MOURN AND WEEP. LET YOUR LAUGHTER BE TURNED TO MOURNING AND YOUR JOY TO GLOOM.”
When our comfort and normal are taken away, where do we go? Whom do we run to? And can we somehow see all HIS grace as comfort? As solution? As the ultimate gift? Because GOD sent HIS ONE and ONLY SON to rescue us from our sins. What a gift!
WHEN ALL WE HAVE IS CHRIST, THAN ALL WE KNOW IS GRACE AND TRUTH IN LOVE.
Even JESUS wept at Lazarus’s tomb and we know those around HIM saw those tears and so did GOD. Tears are like liquid prayers and they draw us into the arms of the FATHER of Heaven.
JOHN 11: 35 “JESUS WEPT.”
If we look at loss with different eyes, then we can see that it can also be gain. It draws us near to GOD’S power of HIS comfort. Our losses reshape us and remake us…….they change us into more compassionate and authentic witnesses of HIS love, because in our loss, we have received that special love that only GOD can give us. Healing from a loss restores us and sets us on a different path…….one of mercy for those hurting around us.
1 PETER 2: 10 “ONCE YOU WERE NOT A PEOPLE, BUT NOW YOU ARE THE PEOPLE OF GOD; ONCE YOU HAD NOT RECEIVED MERCY, BUT NOW YOU HAVE RECEIVED MERCY.”
I have read much that during this pandemic, people are reaching and turning to the LORD. What a gain! I pray those people will realize they are more blessed than they ever were! That they have a priceless gift of CHRIST that the world cannot give! There are baptisms happening in the ocean because some Churches are closed. There is a revival and only GOD can do what is happening in the world! Loss has happened on a large scale to cause people to turn towards Christ.
Let’s pray for a continued revival of hearts and minds! Loss is gain for Christ! Loss is a gift, a gift from an omnipotent GOD, all meant to draw us back into HIS arms of love. HE is the way, the ONLY way and when things seem impossible…….let’s draw near to the GOD of all things truly possible and pray for those who need to know the surpassing worth of JESUS CHRIST!
MARK 8: 36 “FOR WHAT DOES IT PROFIT A MAN TO GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND FORFEIT HIS SOUL?”