When You Suffer Losses

From the archives of Oral Roberts – First of two parts

Have you ever been so heartbroken that you wept until you could weep no more? Anyone who has lost a spouse or a family member or a dream knows what it is to have tears flow until you say, “I can’t cry anymore. I’ve got no more tears.”

First Samuel 30 tells how David, a man after God’s own heart, reacted when he lost everything. When he returned from battle, he discovered that the enemy had slipped in and burned the city where he lived and taken his family captive: Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep … But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God (vv 3,4,6 NKJV).

When we suffer losses, we aren’t without weapons. We have the Bible… we live a life built upon faith rather than sight… and miracles are accessible to us. I’ve been in the valley of the shadow of death and felt such heartache that I thought I would die. So what I’m talking about is no fairy tale. I’ve experienced loss. Through David’s experience, God shows us four supernatural ways to recover what the enemy has stolen from us.

The first supernatural way David recovered his loss was to inquire of the Lord. David could have become bitter and turned his back on God, but he didn’t. He didn’t inquire of others who were suffering as he suffered because they could have only offered their tears. Instead, David went to God. When your life falls apart and your losses are mounting, do as David did. Call on the Lord, and He will hear you, just as He heard David.