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“Weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief…” Psalm 6:6–7; Here are the expressions of a grieving heart. Many people feel such grief like waves crashing on the beach, a relentless soul eroding crashing of waves.

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Expressions of grief and sorrow can bear heavily upon body and soul. Whether sorrow is the result of incidents near or far, it is taxing. Grief, sadness, sorrow, mourning, and heartache are just some of the different forms, or various levels of strain upon the afflicted heart. The poetic expression of the heart’s cry and prayer of the soul should be where a follower of Christ goes when pressed in such a manner. Psalm 31:9, “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also.”

Even so, in the dark night of the soul where a heart is crying out to God, there is the hope of future glory to rejoice in, which is beautiful. Suffering and loss will only be for a season; “His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Though these measures of comfort do not always make the grief we share easier, nor do they take the evil we gaze upon away, thereby failing to make the situation better, there is at least the confident hope that suffering will only last for a moment. This is still true even if the moment spans the length of our vapor like lives; here one minute and gone the next. The suffering we share in Christ is something leading exultant rejoicing. 2 Corinthians 4:17–18, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

This momentary affliction has an end point because of the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. His life and death bring about justice, mercy, grace, and a restoring of the fallen world in which we live. Isaiah 53:3–4, “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”

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While walking with one another in Christ Jesus our Lord, let us keep our eyes upon Christ Jesus, who is unseen and eternal; remembering Christ Jesus’ sufferings, acquaintance with grief, and bearing of sorrows for those whom He loves. Remember Jesus Christ came to save from the sorrows of sin and death.

Romans 7:13-25 – Delighting in the Law

Posted: August 11, 2016 in Blog

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Relating to others is no easy task, even so the necessity of human relationships, as a simple function of God’s created order, is something we crave and need. It is necessary for human beings, as His creatures, to relate to one another and to Him.

When considering relationships with our fellow man they almost appear incidental. Don’t let the seemingly unimportance of many human relationships cloud the complexity of most relationships, as ships passing in the night. Now then, considering relations with the divine, there is something more permanent and even more substantive when compared with human relations. You know, relating to the divine is like a mystical and magical experience, it unlocks superpowers, opens us up to self-actualized potential, or something… This is a joke in case its unrecognizable. The point is that relations with God seems easier, especially when God is defined on our own terms.

However a genuine relationship with the true God isn’t easier; in some ways it is harder. First, God is sinless and we are sinful, creating instantaneous difficulty between the created and the Creator. Sure, a relationship with a sinful person, as a sinful person, is complex, but how difficult is it to relate to one who is never wrong, when the other person in the relational equation is always wrong. Next, God is infinite, while we are finite; God is a Spirit, and while humans have a spirit we are not always so sure what that means. These two things alone are enough to occupy the mind for a lifetime.

As a reader you might be wondering where such enlightenment comes from. How do people relate to the unseen? How can humans have personal relationship with the divine? And how is the world do we find these answers? It seems as if mankind will always be in some sort of relationship to Him, right? But how can we be sure? More over, is it even possible to sift through the sands of opinion and discern who is correct? How in the world is man is to relate to God? If the complexity of human relationship are as two ships passing in the night, and are more than coincidental events, then how much more will be the human to the divine?

The simple, yet highly disagreeable answer, is that one can know the one true and only God by faith in Jesus Christ. Such enlightenment doesn’t come through deductions of reason, though it is reasonable. Such enlightenment doesn’t come through decisions to know the divine, though we must chose whom we will serve. Such enlightenment doesn’t come through emotionally laden experience, though we assuredly have emotions involved. Being born again to a living hope in Him, is the only path to knowing God and finding an answer to so many of the questions that have been asked.

Knowing God is not easy. However knowing God is possible. So is grasping the unseen with the eyes of faith. Mere ships passing in the night have no need of continuing on in the dark, but through the light of Christ can come to know the beauty of truth, and the knowledge of the Holy One.