2 Samuel 3.33-43: “And the king lamented for Abner, saying, “Should Abner die as a fool dies? Your hands were not bound; your feet were not fettered; as one falls before the wicked you have fallen.” And all the people wept again over him.”
Tragedy has struck our region this last week as a teen in a local high school brought multiple guns to school and shot several students, one of which died from his injuries.
It’s impossible for me to imagine what the families on all sides of this situation must be feeling and going through. Sometimes I just don’t know what to say to people who have suffered such terrible loss or heartbreak.
In 2 Samuel chapter 3, after Abner was murdered in cold blood by Joab, David laments, or expresses his grief and sorrow by simply speaking the truth: “Should Abner die as a fool dies? Your hands were not bound; your feet were not fettered; as one falls before the wicked you have fallen”.….(you can find out why Joab murdered Abner by reading 2 Samuel chapter 2. Joab was wrong for doing what he did to Abner….revenge is a deadly sin indeed.)
I think a lot of times we try to too hard to say something clever, or we try to make people feel better when something tragic has happened instead of just being there for them. Maybe we need to be quiet. Maybe we need to sit and listen if they need to talk or sit in silence just to be there for them if they don’t wish to speak. Maybe we need to just cry with them for a while. There is a time to weep (Ecclesiastes 3.4), and we should all consider whether we recognize it and express ourselves in that way….I am so comforted when someone is willing to sit and cry with me when I’m hurting.
I want to love people enough to weep and mourn with them. We cannot let the sin of the world make us calloused to the point that we don’t feel the pain that people are experiencing.
And we have to hold fast to hope.
David knew what it was like to suffer loss and to weep with sorrow in the face of tragedy. But he held fast to the hope that we have in the Lord, and that’s why he wrote this in Psalm 30.4-5: “Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
Yes, we may weep now...but the joy is coming in the morning. The glory of our salvation in Jesus is what awaits us in the very near future. That morning will dawn bright and unblemished as we are united with our precious Jesus, never to part from Him.
There is a season to mourn...but let that mourning give way to the sunrise of hope, for the day hastens when we shall experience no more death, no more pain, and then the Lord will wipe every tear away from our eyes as we rejoice in Him forever.
Be encouraged Christian Family…..that is what awaits us.
Love you all!