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Observing Trouble and Grief

Psalm 10:14

But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief, observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands. The helpless entrusts himself to You; You are a helper of the fatherless.

When we experience times of trouble and grief, it may feel as if we are alone in our situation and no one else can understand. Even God, however, has experienced trouble and grief. His grief came from man and the sin of this world, and ultimately so does ours. Trouble and grief come when that which helps us function as a whole is threatened or taken away. We feel the anxiety or pain from the loss or potential loss. To think that God felt this way over us and because of us is both humbling and convicting.

According to this verse, God observes trouble and grief in order to take the matter into His hands. He carefully analyzes every angle of the situation and knows every unhealthy motive and addiction attached to it. He uses both trouble and grief to bring change to our lives and will eventually bring good from it all. Trouble and grief will expose the good, the bad, and the ugly in us all, and we are left to deal with the things that are not what they should be for us to ever function as a whole being again. In this way, God uses the bad and the ugly to create a change for the good in us.

There are times when we simply cannot help ourselves. These are the times when we are called to trust in God, who knows the situation far better than we do. When we don’t have the answers, we must trust the One who does and submit ourselves to His care. He has a plan to get us exactly where we need to be, and we will get there by following Him. If we insist upon doing things our own way, we are destined to end up in a ditch somewhere, unable to move without His assistance. One way or another, we will learn to submit to Him.

To be fatherless is to have no one to give you wise direction. You have no one to help shape your identity or to help you along the path you should go. God steps in to help the fatherless by giving them identity, direction, and provision. His grace supersedes the handicap of having no father to guide you. For this, I am extremely thankful as I trust my son to His care daily.

Perhaps, you’ve known the void of having no father present or a bad example for a father. These situations are abundant in our society today, and much trouble and grief stem from no father present in a household. God is a helper to the fatherless. Trust your void, your pain, and your need for direction and identity with Him. He’s already observed your trouble and your grief in order to take the matter into His own hands. Entrust yourself to Him, and become whole.

Have a blessed day!

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