How Can You Find Hope After Dealing With Loss?
I don’t think there’s anything that hurts us more than losing someone we love. A child that’s abandoned by a parent, a husband that’s left by his wife, or someone we love passes on. Whatever it may be, a loss can make us feel hopelessness, heartbreak, and cause our entire world to turn upside down.
If you’ve recently had a loss in your life, this article should help you find some hope and comfort. Please send us a prayer request, and we’ll pray for you immediately.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. – Psalm 34:17-20
Peace That Passes All Understanding
You see, God is always near the brokenhearted. He knows when we are desperate for his hope and mercy. The Bible talks about a peace that passes all understanding. I believe that peace can keep us on our feet, even in the most challenging times.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7
When you’re hurt, God can give you that peace. It says it will guard your heart and mind. How amazing is that? We can’t find comfort in people’s words, in magazine articles, or anything else. We must focus on Jesus and stay in his arms to have that peace.
God’s Power Made Perfect In Our Weakness
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matthew 5:4
God’s power is most potent when we are the weakest. I’m going to tell you right now. If you turn to non-christian books, other people or anything of that sort, you will not receive that peace. Only God can heal our broken hearts. God’s grace is always enough without the help of others.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
I find this scripture to be more potent than anything else. It says if we boast gladly in our weaknesses, the power of Christ will rest about us. How do we get the rest of God to fall over us? When we boast of our weaknesses. We can turn to God and tell him, “Lord, I’m weak, I can’t do this, when I try, I only hurt more, please heal me Lord and give me your strength in my weakness.”
He Comforts Us At All Times
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
God encourages us to comfort one another. We can’t do this with our natural minds. We can’t take credit for any form of grace or peace. When we comfort those who are mourning, we have to lead them to the cross. We should pray with them, over them, and encourage them to read scriptures related to suffering. Notice that it says he’s the Father of mercies and all comfort. If he’s the Father of all comfort, nothing else will work. It doesn’t say he’s the God of most comfort, or, that others may also bring us comfort, it means he’s the God of all comfort, and nothing else will do.
Remind God Of His Promises
I want to point out; we can read scripture and remind God of his promises to us. Open your Bible and read scriptures out loud and tell God that he has promised us by his word, and ask him to now allow this promise to comfort you.
Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. – Psalm 119:76
In this scripture, King David reminds the Lord to keep his promise that he has made to his servants. He asks that God gives him his steadfast love so that he may be comforted. Take time now to read scriptures that are related to comfort and ask God to keep the promises from his word. All we have to do is ask; He will provide.
King David confirms this again ins Psalm 119
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. – Psalm 119:50
You see it’s Gods promise from his own words that can change any situation. Lord, you said it, now let your will be done through it.
The Devil Speaks Through Friends and Family
I must warn you, even when we need comforted the most, many people will play the role of evil. You’ll be offered bad advice, told hurtful things and also some will act as if you’re problems are a burden to them. The devil will always try to rob us of our joy, but God will not allow this to happen. He makes that promise to us in John.
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. – John 16:22
It’s so amazing that God says that no one will take our joy from us. We have to trust in this verse. We have to understand that even the enemy can’t rob us of our happiness if God has been allowed total control over our suffering. If someone says something hurtful, read the above verse out loud until it brings God’s peace over you.
I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass, – Isaiah 51:12
Again God makes a point to say that he is the one who comforts us, don’t seek this from people who can always let you down. Even the apostles allowed the devil to speak through them at times. The enemy can choose anyone to destroy our comfort and will enable them to speak evil things.
The Devil Even Spoke Though Peter
Let’s look at the scriptures when Peter speaks evil, and Jesus rebukes him.
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” – Matthew 16 21:23
You see, even the closest followers of Christ have been used by the devil to do his will. This is why we can’t turn to anyone but the Father for all problems in life.
Make Daily Proclamations
Now, you are started to realize that only God can help you walk through this hard time. You can’t depend on anyone or anything else to bring you peace. I’m going to ask that you now make proclamations to the Lord to release his power of your situation.
The word proclamation means an explicit declaration of something. The Greek word means “to shout forth” When we proclaim the words of the Bible, out loud, we’re releasing God’s very spirit into that situation.
Let’s look at an example. If you are struggling with lying, you would perhaps open up to proverbs and read this verse out loud.
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight. – Proverbs 12:22
When you’re reading out loud the very word of God, you’re coming into agreement with what God himself has said about that problem. You are proclaiming his word and his power through that situation to defeat it.
Now, let’s read these verses out loud and watch as they bring you peace and comfort. Remind the Lord that he has said these words and he will keep them.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.
Now, We Pray For Comfort
Father, in heaven, you and you alone will bring us comfort. I pray that you draw me near to you and bring me the peace that passes all understanding. God, please keep the devil away from me, let your mercy flood every part of my heart and mind. God, you said that you would bring me rest when I am weak. I confess today that I can’t do this, I’m not strong enough, and I boast in this. Father, please keep those who seek to whisper evil away from me. Thank you, God, that when we ask for peace, you keep your promises. Thank you for restoring my hope and now Lord, I ask that your will be done in my life and my heart. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen!