And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. ( Gen 24:67)
In our last study(1), we saw how our Lord Jesus can heal a broken heart. A broken heart can make a person cold and change their personality. It can, also, affect their health. The Lord has a way to heal our hearts and give us a new beginning in life.
As we begin on a new topic, we are going to focus on the word comfort. What is the first thing in our mind that comes when we think of comfort? The easing of pain and the peace of God. We see an example of this in Gen 24:6. Isaac had lost his mom prior to meeting Rebekah. God in his mercy, provided Rebekah as a comfort for his pain.
We cannot allow ourselves to let grief continue for a long period of time. It can rob us of our health and slow down our spiritual progress. God, in His mercy, will send us comfort, but we have a choice. Such was the case with Jacob. The loss of his son Joseph impacted him in a great way that he refused to be comforted. (Gen 37:34-36)
My personal experience with grief was dealing with the loss of a spiritual daughter in Christ. She had issues in life and, sadly, committed suicide. This incident impacted me because I felt that I was to blame. A year previous to that incident, I had a dream. I dreamed that she had committed suicide.
A few days before she died, we were together with friends. We were smiling and having fellowship. I felt the Lord prompting me to tell her about my dream, but I held back. As a result, days later, she jumped off a 7 story building and died. I asked God to forgive me for my disobedience.
For about a year, this incident haunted me. There were times that I was grieving her loss, but the good news was that God did not forget me. When my granddaughter Kathy came into this world, that guilt lifted off me. Suddenly, I was feeling the joy of the Lord at the birth of my granddaughter. God had sent me a wonderful blessing to get over my pain.
I could have chosen not to be comforted, but God knew what I needed. He did not forget my pain. My question to you is–Are you grieving a loss of a loved one? Ask God to give you comfort mercies.