Give Yourself Permission To Mourn
Take the Long VIew
This fallen world is a testing ground. It is neither heaven nor hell, but something in between. We are presented with both pain and pleasure so that we can demonstrate godliness or the lack of it in diverse situations. Everything that happens here is recorded in heaven, and all of it is an opportunity to shape our eternal destiny. If we do well, then we will enter the eternal state with rewards beyond description (1 Cor. 2:9 3:12-15).
In view of everlasting paradise, all of the troubles of this earth are hardly worth fretting about. The meager amount of days that we spend in this life are just a flash in the pan, a vapor in the wind. So why do we let present evils terrorize us? They can affect our bodies but not our destinies. Paul said it best:
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
(2 Cor. 4:17-18, NIV)
We Will Not Be Shaken
Where does that kind of stability come from? It comes from knowing that YHVH is faithful and unchanging, and that he's the victor. He is in the process of besting Evil, and that process will be brought to completion soon. If we're with YHVH, then we're on the winning team. There's serenity in that fact.
This reminds me of the lyrics of a song that my wife put in our worship team's repertoire. It affirms the wisdom of placing trust in a trustworthy God. The pre-chorus goes like this:
For in the hour of our darkest day
We will not tremble, we won’t be afraid
Hope is rising like the light of dawn
Our God is for us He has overcome
Our hearts can rest knowing that Y'shua overcame wickedness with goodness.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
(John 16:33, NIV)