Why do we allow moments of heartache to dictate defeat? Don’t we realize that these are the moments, when we experience the touch of God’s presence the most? In Ecclesiastes 7:3, we read…“Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.”
Isn’t it amazing how Satan can twist up our way of thinking, as his aim is to get us to believe that moments of heartache can only lead us in the direction of defeat? Even though Satan lures us into moments that can lead us to a broken heart; God has plans…plans to take these weak moments we fall prey to; so He can exchange these moments of weakness, for a strength that will not only lift us from this present moment of heartache but a strength that will keep working for us, as we face other challenging moments ahead.
I remember a time in my life, when all I felt was sadness and deep heartache. As I looked into the face of my problems, I honestly thought that I would never experience laughter again. Each moment of heartache only seemed to shatter my heart even more, until I felt as though I was headed to a place of no return. As I viewed these moments at the time, I began to believe that I had lost everything…including God, while the strength that I once held to, had now left me; as all that remained was a thread of hope.
As Christians, we need to redefine our way of thinking and come to see that sadness isn’t a bad place to be…only when we come to see it in the wrong way. Even though we don’t enjoy the moments, when the tears just don’t seem to stop falling; we can find hope…knowing that our tears become a language that can connect us to a powerful God…a God who can refine us through these difficult moments. When we are willing to look beyond the tears; to see these moments as an opportunity for God to work in our lives; then we won’t fall prey to the deceptive lie that attempts to walk us down a path toward total defeat.