2 Corinthians 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
The grand reveal in today’s passage may be that there are things we allow to grieve our hearts that have no place in a child of God’s life.
We can understand the godly sorrow brought on by the Holy Spirit’s conviction to bring about repentance. Our obedience can be measured as to how quickly we follow His leading.
The sorrow of the world encompasses much to do with the temporal. But all too often, we allow the cares of the world to creep in and overwhelm us.
If our focus is on the stock market, we will have a wild ride ahead. If we rely on friends, fellowship, and work relationships to fill our hearts, we will be sadly disappointed. Even within the church, we can trust our Pastor, staff, and those in leadership. But what happens when they fail us?
Psalm 56:11 “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”
Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Sorrow overwhelms us when we do not have the proper perspective in any given situation.
There are those times when the sudden death of a loved one comes and takes us by surprise. Certain aspects of life take us unawares. The loss of a job, the departure of a lifelong friend, financial losses that cripple us, and much more happen in a moment.
In these moments, one can be so overwhelmed, they cannot see their way through. The emotion deepens into depression, and things look bleaker, darker, and seem to have no end.
For the child of God, we have the hope that God is fighting for us, standing by us, and working it out for our good.
What we do when sorrow comes will set the tone for how we will either survive or struggle.
We hear from God:
Isaiah 51:11 “Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”
This rejoicing that comes when sorrow leaves is God’s doing. It is not something we can banish from our lives, fight against, or push aside. The power to banish sorrow can only come from God.
Because we are redeemed children of God, we have protection and promises aplenty!
The godly sorrow that brings us to repentance comes from a loving Heavenly Father seeking to not only correct His child but restore them to close fellowship with Himself. We must see sorrow as a tool of God to bring us back to Himself.
When we suffer those sudden losses, who better than God to walk us through the valley and darkness that sorrow can bring?
If you find yourself in a dark place overwhelmed by sorrow, find the root cause and bring it to the Father for His path out of it.
For some, it may take time.
For others, faith may lighten the load.
But for all, we cannot escape sorrow in this life. We will all face it one day. Being prepared to meet it can bring hope sooner and allow it to buoy us over the waves seeking to drown us in sorrow.
Because we have God, drowning our sorrows in alcohol or drugs is not an option for the child of God. It will only compound the problem when the fog lifts.
Believe me. I’ve been there. I know.
God alone has the light through the dark path we may be asked to travel. Let godly sorrow bring about the repentance to restoration. Avoid worldly sorrow at any cost.