We made it through 1 Samuel! Over the next few chapters, David’s faithfulness will pay off and we’ll see God fulfill his promise that he will be made a successful king.
There’s a lot of military stuff in these chapters that I don’t connect with at all, but the mention of David’s grieving got me thinking. He finds out Saul and his best friend Jonathon have been killed, and he mourns and fasts all day. David, a powerful man about to be crowned king of Judah, breaks down, sobs and writes a song (gotta love musicians, right?). The Bible sums up mourning that way a lot. They tear their clothes or shave their heads, or do other things that are culturally relevant. I’ll often read in the Bible that so-and-so mourned for a week. Or a month. I don’t think the Bible is implying that we should compartmentalize grief, but instead, showing us that we should make space for it.
Very few times will the Bible mention someone’s death without saying who mourned for them in the verses right after. Have you noticed that?
Acknowledging a loss is important, whether it’s a job, a relationship or a death. Skipping over suffering, especially in death, makes the gospel meaningless. It implies Jesus conquering death was in vain. (Is this too heavy-handed for a Friday morning?)
When we experience a loss, we should carve out time to acknowledge it. Allow ourselves to experience it and invite God in to the process. Some of the most meaningful and greatest God stories I’ve ever heard people tell were written in the face of grief.
When was a time God shaped your relationship with him during sorrow?