Words are powerful. They can be spoken with truth or with deceit. They can mislead, they can guide. They can feed one to feel exhilaration, pleasure, happiness. They can cause grief. Words are powerful.
God's Word is most powerful. His Word loves, instructs, rebukes, commands. His Word is grace, mercy, and hope. His Word is of forgiveness, and He does forgive when one truly repents.
His Word helps us to perservere during times of suffering....times of grief.
This morning, I did a few word studies. This type of studying richness and furthers my understanding of God's Word. Today, I studied suffering, and grief.
What is suffering? What is grief? Can these words be tied to consequences? I very much think so, but not necessarily. I do strongly believe that God uses our grief, our suffering for His good. He uses these times to help us (me) grow in our faith.
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The definition for grieving startled me. Not sure why, but the word took on a different meaning, subtly, and made an impact.
Grief - to shake, waver, wander (aimlessly), move to and fro, flutter, to take flight, to show grief, have compassion on (lament, condole, show sympathy) ~transliteration, nuwd~
to shake? waver? wander (aimlessly)? move to and fro? flutter? - Yes! to all. I find that those words give a depth to grieving in a way that accurately describes one's journey down this path. Many of those words give off a sense of hopelessness. But we are not without hope. I am not without hope.
I started reading other verses in the Bible with the word "grieving" for further study. I found the various words used in place of "grieving" to be very interesting. These words helped to add to the definition...the description.
• is shaken (1 Kings 14:15)
• wander ( 2 Kings 21:8)
• flee (Psalm 11:1)
• drive (Psalm 36:11)
• grieving (Jeremiah 31:18)
I did not exhaustively study "grief", "grieving - there is more - but it seems that much of grief...of grieving..is tied to consequences...tied to disobedience. I am not for certain. I do think I will further study this word at later date. For now - to shake, waver, wander (aimlessly), move to and fro, flutter, to take flight, to show grief, have compassion on (lament, condole, show sympathy) - has made an impact.
Often I think grieving and suffering are tied together. Are they?
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To study the word "suffering", instead of first searching the word I started with a verse that is encouraging to me.
"We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope." Romans 5:3-4
Suffering in this verse (Romans 5:3-4) - a pressing, pressing together, pressure, oppression, affliction, tribulation, anguish, distress. ~ transliteration, thlipsis ~ it is connected to the word tribulation.
Those above words used to define suffering just about beg for a word study of their own, but I will not go there...not now.
But, I did decide to dig around a bit more, and discovered that suffering can be used in different ways, to reflect a different meaning...different emphasis.
• oppressed (transliteration, tsarar) - to bind, be narrow, be in distress, make narrow, cause distress, besiege, be straitened, be bound (Nehemiah 9:27)
• distress (transliteration, tsarah) - trouble, affliction, rival (Nehemiah 9:27)
• pain (transliteration, atstsebeth) - hurt, injury, sorrow, wound (Job 9:28)
• pain (transliteration, mak'ob) - pain, sorrow - (Lamentations 1:18)
These verses just touch the surface of suffering.
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I then reflected upon our everyday use of the words for grieving and suffering. Do we use them as they are used in Biblical terms? Yes, no, maybe so.
Is a wife grieving or suffering or both over the death of her husband? We tend to use the word grieving, and maybe that's partly true, but I also think there is a whole of suffering going on. Does that suffering ever truly go away? I am thinking not.
What about hearing a devastating health diagnosis, or caring for a child with higher level of needs than typical. Do we grieve? Do we suffer? Both, I think, at different points of the journey. There is suffering, but not necessarily at the same level of intensity every day, but it can constantly be there.
Is there a difference between grief and suffering? From my brief study on these words, I am gathering the thought that there is a difference. Do I cause my grieving? Do I cause my suffering? Are these consequences from my direct disobedience or a broader consequence for the fallen man? I do not know those answers. I do believe that God forgives, but that does not mean consequences are waived; grief could be a consequence. But to have a better grasp on this I will need to further study the scriptures in more depth and in their fuller context.
What do we do when we grieve...when we are suffering? I crumble, and feel despair, distress, shaken, sorrow, wounded, I feel shaken, I wander, I lament. Not necessarily all at the same time, and nor to the same level of intensity all the time. I also tend to sit in whatever anguish is inflicting me, but I do my best to not sit for long.
I do my utmost to firmly hold onto this....
His Word helps us to perservere during times of suffering. His Word helps us to reconcile our grief.
The Lord - Jesus - is my hope. Through suffering....through grief...I can still rejoice. While I do not wish to grieve or suffer, I do strongly believe that these moments can be a blessing. He molds me and forms me by using my grief, and my suffering to grow me in endurance which in turn will grow my character which in turn will give hope.
Rejoice for this is HisStory and not OurStory and not MyStory. All things will work for good; conforming to Christ. (Romans 8:28-29)
Yes. Words are powerful. Let's not use them frivolously, or without understanding. Let us try to take care with how we use our words.
Yes. God's Word is most powerful.
I am glad I reached for God's Word this morning; He has given me strength.
I have hope.
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Thanks to a friend, I heard this sing today. It fits well with my study. It fits well for what I needed to hear today.
"Oh grant me wisdoms from above,
To pray for peace and cling to love,
And teach me humbly to receive
The sun and rain of Your sovereignty.
Each strand of sorrow has a place
Withn this tapestry of grace;
So through the trials I choose to say:
'Your perfect will in your perfect way.' "