Coping with Loss as a Christian

This is not your Home:

Every human being on earth will have to face losses and difficult situations in their lives. There is no escape.

But there is a huge difference between an unsaved person going through a season of loss and a child of God facing the similar heartache. The unsaved people have to deal with the loss and pain alone. Though they may have loved ones to share and care, they don't have the comfort that we have. They do not have the Holy Spirit and they do not have the greatest hope(salvation) we have.

When we go through any kind of loss, we must remind ourselves that temporal things will be left behind in the world anyway and we know that we are heading to a place where there won't be any pain and suffering. 

1 Thessalonians 4:

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Genuine conversations with God:

The children of God have this great privilege of interacting with the maker of the universe. The Bible encourages us to talk to Him about everything. Jesus loves to talk to us through His Word and hear us talk(prayer). 

Isn't there relief in pouring out your heart genuinely before God like the Psalmist?

When you feel sad, talk to God before talking to people. Don't turn on the TV, instead open your Bible and read. 

Prayer makes us more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, comforts us and strengthens us. God hears everything you tell Him. He is perfectly in control of everything and He is your loving heavenly father who wants the best for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Psalms 34:17-20 - The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 

Keep Moving:

The devil knows that a person who has suffered a huge loss is prone to keep on worrying and wasting time for a very long period of time. While there is a time to mourn, it shouldn't be too long to keep you from what God wants you to do.

The death of a loved one is a genuine reason to mourn. But, the people of Israel had a specific time period for that. You cannot stay in the same state for a long time, because your time is short. 

Never sit idle. An idle brain is the devil's workshop.

Keep moving and God will guide you to your next steps, as you walk with Him. 

2 Thessalonians 3:11 - For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

Matthew 10:38 - And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.