Day Thirty-Two: Pain, Disappointment, and Heartbreak
READ: 2 Samuel 1:24-27
Women of Israel, weep for Saul.
He dressed you in the finest
cottons and silks,
spared no expense in making you
The mighty warriors--fallen, fallen
in the middle of the fight!
Jonathan--struck down on your
O my dear brother Jonathan,
I'm crushed by your death.
Your friendship was a miracle-wonder,
love far exceeding anything I've
or ever hope to know
The mighty warriors--fallen, fallen.
And the arms of war broken to
THINK: Sometimes pain and suffering are the central
emotions of our hearts. We cannot avoid
pain and suffering, but we can control how we respond to them. David's reaction is to be honest and open
about the pain rather than avoid it or pretend it wasn't there.
What is your response to the
heartbreak? Do you think David's
response is healthy? Why or why not? What thoughts and feelings go through you as
David's honors the evil king in death?
response to heartbreak is to question my worth.
I wonder if God just didn't love me enough to answer my prayer the way I
wanted is answered. Did I do enough? Was I good enough? Did I behave well enough? Those are the thoughts that run through my
head. I've been advised by several
people: "Tell God what 's
wrong. He already knows anyway. He's big enough to take it." That's wonderful advice, but if it doesn't
change the situation, sometimes it feels more like God's not really paying
PRAY: Think of the pain and heartbreak you have
experienced in your lifetime. Maybe that
pain is a current reality. Though doing
so may be difficult, spend time expressing your pain in a lament to God. See him alternatively listening to you and
reaching out to comfort you. What does
it feel like to be comforted?
I do have some current pain. In the
sense of: I do not really want to be in
the middle of the situation I am in. It
is uncomfortable for me and I don't want to mess with this anymore. But God has heard my prayers of lament and
He has shown up and blessed me, just right when I needed it most.
LIVE: Live knowing that God is loving enough to
listen to you and big enough to care for you in your pain.