Friday, March 1, 2019

Tears

Recently I have participated in two events that have brought tears or the thought of tears to me. One was a funeral for a dear Christian friend of 25 years where another friend sang the hymn Praise You In The Storm. These powerful words “I was sure by now, God you would have reached down and wiped our tears away,” brought warm tears streaming down my face. I could not stop it, and that’s all right. Our emotions overflow at times into the physical.

I am also participating in a men’s Bible study of Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven. It is the most complete biblically based book on heaven ever written, which is not just my opinion. He references Isaiah 25:8 and Revelation 7 & 21 saying, “And (The Sovereign Lord) God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”  The Lord God Almighty promises to make all things new including a new heaven and earth where there will be no more tears or death. That’s good news!

So what do we do with this? We live in the hope and promises of God that it will go well with us, even if it doesn’t.  The pastor at the above referenced funeral preached from John 6:35 where Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”  He is saying that we will have everything we need, so no need to cry.  King David the “Sweet Psalmist of Israel” wrote in the 23rd Psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.”

God told King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:5, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.”  What did He tell David when he was at the lowest place in his life, feigning insanity in the enemy’s camp crying out, “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll— are they not in your record?” The meaning of these words is that no tear will go to waste. He will remember every one and make good of it.  But perhaps you also continue as David in grief and pain did, saying, “I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears(Psalm 6:6). Yet he is able to say in verse 8-9, “Away from me, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”  We will be able to say as the writer in Psalm 126:5, a Psalm of Ascent, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”  Yes, as the people in exile cried out in tears to God, He brought them out to stand firm on the Rock in the promised land saying, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."  Even Jesus cried out to His Father in heaven when in pain, when though He knew that death would lose its sting, that He still had to bring it to pass.

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission”  (Hebrews 5:8).  Yes, He was obedient and conquered death on the cross that we may too have life eternal with Him where there would be no more death or tears.  AMEN

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