He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:3-4)
Today's Morsel: Jean Paul Fridrich Richter said "Sorrows are like thunder clouds. In the distance they look black, over our heads hardly gray." Why does it seem that some people have trouble dealing with sorrow and grief? Why do many allow them to put a dark cloud over their head? Some folks live a large part of their life in sorrow and grief not realizing the amount of stress that they are placing upon themselves. Jesus knew both sorrow and grief. And this is why I believe He told us to not to allow our hearts to be troubled, but to believe in Him (John 14:1). Sorrow and grief are caused by placing our focus on ourselves and not on our God. Faith is always being able to see God in the dark. If our focus is on God, then He will keep us in prefect peace and we will continue to walk in the light. But if our focus is on us, then our sorrow will over power us and render us non-useful and we will walk in darkness. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and the darkness will lift.
Sing: When gloom and sadness whisper, you've sinned no use to pray, I look away to Jesus, and He tells me to say.
I see a crimson stream on blood, it flows from Calvary, it's waves which reach the throne of God, are sweeping over me.
Thought for Today: Jesus is aware of our sorrows and grief.