Bitter or better, praise God

Today, friends, I am honestly at a loss as to what to say to some of you who are grieving right now. You want answers. You’re looking for direction. It’s a tragedy, what’s happening in your life today. I can’t tell you why. I can only tell you who.

Who cares even more deeply than any of us on earth can — It’s Jesus — turn to Jesus. Let Him hold you and soothe your aching heart. Turn to Him as never before and trust Him with all you can’t make sense of, with all that’s tearing you apart. Just say, “Jesus.”

We’re given so many accounts in the Bible of those who lost someone dear to them. They seem inadequate, at times, especially when the wound is so raw, so unexpected. The hurt is too fresh. The questions are too numerous. The grief is relentless. What can we do?

At the danger of sounding insensitive, if you find yourself in this very dark place today, I want to encourage you to take your aching heart to God, and worship Him. Worshipping Him has a way of pushing back the darkness, and bringing forth Light. And we are desperate for Light when the valley is so dark!

I often say that every situation in life can either make us bitter or better. Choose better, friends. All of you who are suffering today — let the Light of Jesus’ love guide you. Bring Him into your suffering. Allow Him to hold you in the palm of His hand, sheltering you from the storm that rages all around you now. Let Jesus calm the storm. Maybe it’s too soon.

I pray you will hold on to the anchor of your soul, until the storm passes. In time, I pray the pain will lessen and you will be restored to that place of strong faith in a loving Father. Until then, we lift you to Him and we worship Him for loving us too much to give us our own plans. We worship Him for being God.

And God’s people said: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven and Lord, give us all that we need for this day, the faith to believe You love us, You care deeply when we hurt and You are simply waiting with arms wide open to hold us, to calm the storms. We love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Psalm 23:1-3: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Job, in all his suffering, said, “Though He slay me, yet will I praise Him.” Bitter or better? Praise God, even with all your fear, doubts, and sorrows, and be made whole again.


Debby Renninger is a freelance writer and inspirational speaker. She holds a Bible study in her home in McVeytown, where seeking women are always welcome. She may be reached at (717) 250-7086 for speaking engagements.