Hearing God: words of sorrow and comfort

hannahs-prayerAll about sorrow today. And comforting words for the right kind of sorrow.

2 Corinthians 7:10 [Full Chapter] For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.

1 Samuel 1:16 Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.” (Hannah)

IN SORROW: what sorrow awaits for some

Proverbs 23:29

Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

In Context

What sorrow for you who buy up house after house and field after field, until everyone is evicted and you live alone in the land.

What sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol and spend long evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk.

What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them with ropes made of lies, who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!

What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

What sorrow for those who are wise in their own eyes and think themselves so clever.

What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.

What sorrow awaits the unjust judges and those who issue unfair laws.

What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who do their evil deeds in the dark! “The Lord can’t see us,” they say. “He doesn’t know what’s going on!”

[ Judah’s Worthless Treaty with Egypt ] “What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,” says the Lord. “You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins.

What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking to the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
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COMFORTING WORDS: for some
He told them to celebrate these days with feasting and gladness and by giving gifts of food to each other and presents to the poor. This would commemorate a time when the Jews gained relief from their enemies, when their sorrow was turned into gladness and their mourning into joy.

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.

The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.

Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.

Isaiah 14:3

In that wonderful day when the Lord gives his people rest from sorrow and fear, from slavery and chains,

Isaiah 53:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
    it was our sorrows[a] that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
    a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
    crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
    He was whipped so we could be healed.

Footnotes:

  1. 53:4 Or Yet it was our sicknesses he carried; / it was our diseases.