We worship a big God. He is sovereign and powerful. We are in His hands, and nothing happens to us by chance. That’s good news. But in grief, if that is all we remember about God, it might actually make the pain worse, rather than better. It might leave us thinking, like Mary and Martha (John 11:21, 32), “Lord, you could have stopped this, and you purposely didn’t. Why?” God’s sovereignty might leave us more angry than comforted. So we need to remember some other things, too. Jesus Defeated Death God hates death even more than we do. That’s part …
Elizabeth W.D. Groves is lecturer in Biblical Hebrew at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She is author of Grief Undone: A Journey with God and Cancer.