Have you got unresolved grief?
Updated: May 25
55 But I called on your name, Lord, from deep within the pit. 56 You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading! Hear my cry for help!” 57 Yes, you came when I called; you told me, “Do not fear.” (Lam. 3:55-57).
I was speaking with my girlfriend this morning and she related how she had realised that she had never dealt with unresolved grief from her past. It made me realise in turn that I had so many unresolved hurts and griefs in my past and that I needed to look at them, write them down (asking the Holy Spirit to reveal the hurts to me), forgive myself for allowing them to affect me in all sorts of different ways and then to ask Jesus to heal me.
As I itemised incident after incident I identified a pattern of hurts and came to see the sort of spirit that had been afflicting me. I strongly recommend you try this, too, for in finding the opening that has allowed Satan to enter into your mind will give you an awareness of his schemes in the future.
In the Bible is a character who really suffered some terrible things. I’m referring to Jeremiah (in the quote above). He had received death threats, been beaten and placed in stocks, imprisoned in a cistern, taunted and tormented, had stones thrown at him, soaked in water and to top it off, been starved. That’s a lot of disappointments and hurts to deal with --- but how did Jeremiah manage?
The quote shows that he called out to God, that God heard him and told him not to fear. In other words, Jeremiah has revealed to us that trusting in God in anything and everything we experience in this life is the key to testing God’s faithfulness and God’s salvation.
Your troubles and trials allow you to know God more intimately and to experience His constant presence and love. No matter what has happened in your past and whatever happens in your life today, nothing will be sweeter than depending on God. Depending on God is wisdom.
13 My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. 14 In dthe same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short. (Prov. 24:13-14).
All quotations are from the NLT.