Sunday, August 6, 2017

Daily Devotion: Why Are You Grieving?

Bible Reading: I Samuel 1:1-11

Key Verse: Verse 8 – “Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?"

Key Words: and why is thy heart grieved?

There are those times in life that we grieve. It may be the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job, or maybe, as in Hannah’s case, an unfulfilled desire. You see, grieving will do one of two things to us. It will cause us to mourn (Joshua 7:6), and stop our serving God; or it will motivate us to pray and be fervent in seeing our desires fulfilled. So it was in Hannah’s life.

If we stay in a state of grief and mourning, we lose so much of life.

The home of Paul Laurence Dunbar, noted poet, is open to the public in Dayton, Ohio. When Dunbar died, his mother left his room exactly as it was on the day of his death. At the desk of this brilliant man was his final poem, handwritten on a pad. After his mother died, her friends discovered that Paul Laurence Dunbar's last poem had been lost forever. Because his mother had made his room into a shrine and not moved anything, the sun had bleached the ink in which the poem was written until it was invisible. The poem was gone. If we stay in mourning, we lose so much of life.

What to do:
✞ Don’t let your grief stop you, but let it motivate you to a more fervent prayer life.

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