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God is There for Us

Kaylee Aul, 18

In May 2011, my best friend committed suicide. His death came as a shock to everyone. He was caring, compassionate, and exceptionally skilled at hiding his emotions.

I was blessed to have a wonderful support system; but even so, I turned away from God. I kept wishing that God had sent an angel to keep my friend alive—like the angel in It’s a Wonderful Life. But God doesn’t work that way.

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

A few months later, I opened my Bible and read Proverbs 3:5. I’d read this verse a million times before, but somehow it had a new meaning that night. “Lean not on your own understanding.” Wow! God knows we’re hurting and even understands. We must trust in the Lord, especially when we don’t understand. Although we will never forget people in our lives who have died, the pain will subside. God can bring us through the grief and pain if we hold on, pray constantly, and “trust in the Lord.”

 

READ AND REFLECT: Read the story of Lazarus in John 11:1–44. How does this story assure us that Jesus understands our grief? What does John 11:4 mean? How could the illness or death of a friend or family member be a circumstance through which we glorify God?

—from devozine (March/April 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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