Suffering through loss can be a difficult time for some people’s faith. Individuals may be mad at God for allowing tragedy, sickness, or misfortune. But, God can also become a helpful source of grief support during the recovery process.
The Bible says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Ps. 34:18). The scripture also says, “So do not fear, for I am with you” (Is. 41:10). God is near those dealing with disappointment and death. He may not feel particularly close, but those struggling through suffering should know that He is.
God understands suffering and loss because he suffered. Jesus experienced loss, disappointment, loneliness, frustration, and sadness. As he hung on the cross he exclaimed, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). Even Jesus felt abandoned by his heavenly father. The truth is God had a plan and never abandoned Jesus, but it is important to understand that God himself can offer grief support as we journey through loss.