Heaviness of the Heart and God’s Comfort

I woke up again, early this morning, with a heaviness on my heart, for the things I see unfolding in this world and the uncertainties that are now on my door. Some are distant and some are right here with me and I know that their continuance and unfolding is beyond that which I can control. There is sadness in my heart because of the wrongs that I see that are not righted and the wholeness that does not yet appear. 

But my sufficiency is not of myself, because I could easily despair, allow it to engulf me and slide beneath its waves. I and many like me, have a Redeemer, Jesus the Christ, who tells me and has proved to me that He has conquered this world. He told us that because He lives, I and those like me, who believe and trust in Him, shall also live, and that this which I currently see is only part and certainly not all. God is holy and He shall prevail and the work of His hands and His intent shall indeed come to pass. 

Wishful thinking? No, I don’t think it is. Jesus did walk among us and willingly did gave up His life, to take it back yet again, and show us of the hope that we have and can expect to receive in Him. And no, I’m not worthy or deserving, because it is absolutely nothing of me. God’s love is the reason and the love that He is, extends so far beyond me. Displayed and freely given in His Son, to receive, if we but see.

These times are indeed trying and may cause us to doubt, because we see evil growing and willfully destroying so much as it spreads. Yet God’s hope is eternal, and is renewed every day, the seasons remind us that life which dies can yet be born anew again. And that which I see before me, afar and very near, is but a part and not all.

So I share these words of comfort, that God’s Holy Spirit gave us, through Paul:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 NASB
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed the rest of mankind do, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, so also God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. For we say this to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who remain, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words.”

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


  1. What we are seeing right now is what the world without Christ has no choice but to look like. While we as believers in Jesus are to endure these times of trials and testing, we know that in the end we will be with our Savior forever. I feel your heaviness, Bruce. You are not alone.

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  2. Maybe this is why I get alone a lot, wander the woods and fish the lakes. It’s also why my wife and I enter deep conversations of what’s going on now, will go on in the future and how we shall live from eternities perspective.
    Right now I’m going on an ATV ride with the camera through a foot of melting snow on some trails in the woods.
    I guess I really go after a perspective God would keep aligning to his. This is after being in the Word and prayer as it gets light. Being semi-retired has it’s perks

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      • Also, with retirement comes more time to listen to good sermons and lessons. I’ve been hearing some great messages about the second coming of Jesus. While the events of the day are disturbing, there IS comfort in knowing none of this takes God by surprise, and in the end, He wins. Thanks for focusing on these words today with which we comfort one another. 🙂

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