Ross Anderson

God’s Blessings in Grief

Consider some ways that God promises to intervene to bless his people when we suffer from grief. 

God gives comfort.

Jesus taught “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). God is ultimately the source of that comfort.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all

comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we

will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

As we receive God’s comfort, we can comfort others as well – which helps us in our own healing process. 

God relieves sadness.

God is intimately aware of our emotional pain. When we weep, God cares.

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. (Psalm 147:3) 

God removes our burdens.

Grief is like a heavy load that we often carry without relief for days on end. God invites us to hand our load over to him.

Give your burdens to the lord, and he will take care of you. (Psalm 55:22)

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you

rest. (Matthew 11:28) 

God gives strength.

Coping with grief and loss is exhausting. It saps our strength mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. King David cried out to God in the weakness of grief: “I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.” (Psalms 119:28)

The apostle Paul cried out to God when He was weak. “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’… For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9,10) Paul knew that God could turn his weakness into strength. 

God renews us.

Eventually grief leads to renewal. As we call on God for help, he creates something new in our lives out of the depths of pain and weakness.

But those who trust in the lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They

will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31) 

God gives peace of mind.

We will never forget the loved one we lost. We may never be the same again. But we can experience peace that goes beyond reason.

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot

give.  So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him

for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:6-7) 

God fills us with joy once again.

In our sadness, we may not think we can ever experience a sense of joy again. But God has power to help. He does give joy even in the midst of sorrow.

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and

clothed me with joy. (Psalm 30:11)