GRIEVE NOT :
That’s really a pretty silly demand, you can hardly tell someone not to grieve the death of a loved one, or when seeing someone who had promise, fall away into sin or rebellion.
It hurts us in the center of our being. It makes us sorry, sad, disappointed or grieved.
We do have the power to stop the Lord from being grieved though.
The Bible mentions the Lord being grieved many times, but not over many things. He is grieved by the same things over and over.
The first mention, is at the time of the flood, the Lord said :
” God saw that the wickedness of man and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”
( The Hebrew here means “indignant rage” )
* The wickedness of man, the thoughts of his heart, were evil.
The next time is at the Exodus :
“How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!”
“Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”
“The people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways”
Is the Lord among us or is he not?
* They turned from entering the promised land, didn’t believe He could conquer the giants, they did not yet know His ways, they had evil hearts of unbelief.
” When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”
* They tempted, proved, saw His work for forty years. Again they err in their hearts, do not know or recognize His ways.
There is a price for this hardness of heart, we see and experience this price today, in being concerned about salvation of loved ones, what we’ll have to eat, wear, do….” I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”
We must learn to labor to enter into His rest. To me, this means to spend time learning to enter the Holy of Holies.
Not to just ask the Lord to be our Saviour but to Take His Yoke, know Him well enough by reading His Word and Prayer, that we walk beside Him, so He isn’t constantly correcting us.
We correct ourselves because we are grieved when we separate ourselves from Him, by sin. BY UNBELIEF.
You might be thinking, yes but Jesus changed all that: Jesus’s example; It was the Sabbath, He was with a man with a withered hand, He asked if He should do good or evil?
Those surrounding Him wouldn’t answer :
” He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts,”
* hardness of their hearts
He healed the man.
In Ephesians, Paul tells us our speach can grieve :
” Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
* Corrupt communication, bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking. Put away malice.
“Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God “
I could go on but that really sums it up. Wickedness, Evil hearts of unbelief, hardness of our hearts, corrupt communication.
Lord, help us to bring you Joy, instead of grief. David said it best when he realized he had sinned. He cried out to the Lord :
” Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
LET THIS BE MY PRAYER, OH LORD! !!