IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: FOR ALL YOUR TEARS I SHALL RECOMPENSE, SAYS THE LORD
COMPILED EDITED BY-:
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”
Yes, Christ has come. Yes, he is risen. And yes, he will come again. But still we mourn and ache and weep — and walk alongside those who mourn and ache and weep. We plod through the valley with hearts heavy laden, grieving for any one of a thousand reasons: our depressed children, our distant spouses, our dashed hopes, our deceased loved ones, our ruinous sin.
“The God of all comfort keeps watch over your weeping.”
Sometimes, we cry because life’s sorrows have become chronic, filling our life like unwelcome houseguests who just won’t leave. Other times, we cry because some unexpected misery lands like a meteor and carves a crater in our soul. And still other times, we cry and don’t know quite why; the grief evades description and analysis.
To such mourners, the Bible’s message is not to dry up your tears. No, the Bible says weeping is typical of life in the valley, and its message to mourners is much more sympathetic — and much more steadying.
“I See Them”
Not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from God’s notice (Matthew 10:29), and neither does one of your tears.
When Hagar lifted up her voice in the wilderness of Beersheba, God drew near (Genesis 21:17). When Hannah wept bitterly outside the temple of the Lord, God noticed and remembered (1 Samuel 1:10, 17). When David became weary with moaning, God didn’t become weary with listening (Psalm 6:6–9).
“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” — Psalm 126:6.
THE whole of our life we are sowing; in activity, in suffering, in thought, in word, we are always scattering imperishable seed. Some sow amidst laughter and merriment — they sow unto the lusts of the flesh, and shall of the flesh reap corruption. Theirs is easy work, and suitable to their inclinations; all around them siren songs cheer them in the fields of transgression, as they go forth with the seed of hemlock to scatter it broadcast in the furrows. Alas! for them, they shall reap under other skies, they shall gather sheaves of flame in the harvest of fire, in the day of vengeance of our God. They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind, and who shall help them in that hour of terror! A chosen company are sowing unto the spirit, and in their case, albeit that they are blessed among men, and shall reap amid eternal songs, they sow in sadness; for sowing unto the spirit involves a self-denial, a struggling against the flesh, a running counter to the fallen instincts of our depraved nature, a wrestling and a life agony, involving plentiful showers of tears. To sow unto the spirit, in the field of obedience or patient endurance, is such a work as only the Holy Spirit can enable us to accomplish; and even then, the oppositions from outward circumstances, from the powers of hell, and from the depravity of our nature, is oftentimes so severe, that we are compelled with bitter tears and strong cryings to lift up our heart unto God out of the depths of anguish. They who sow unto the spirit as a rule have to sow in tears, but their reaping will so compensate them that even in the prospect of it they may dry their eyes, reckoning that these light afflictions, which are but for a moment, are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in them. Our momentary weeping, while we let fall the precious seed, is scarcely to be thought of in comparison with the mighty sheaves of the exceeding glory in the land where tears are divinely and finally wiped from every eye.
Some believers also sow in sadness through daily sufferings. It is appointed unto some to be the daughters of affliction, the sons of pain. Happy is it when those who are thus called to suffer continue to sow while they suffer. It is not always so easy to be practically useful when one has at the same time to maintain patience and resignation. We are apt to think that one form of service is enough at a time, and perhaps it may be so, but if we can add another, our blessedness will be doubled. To shed tears, and yet to sow; to be racked with pain, and to turn the couch into a pulpit; to make the sick bed a tribune from which to tell of the love of Christ; oh, this is blessed living! To work for Christ Jesus under such terrible disadvantages shall surely win a double recompense.
“You have kept count of my tossing; put my tears in your bottle.Are they not in your book
PSALM 56: 8-11
Let that sink in. There is not a drop of water that has fallen from your eye that God has not seen. Ever. From the burdens you felt as a 3 year old. To the weights of your teen years. To the anxieties of your young adulthood, to the complexities of old age. Every burden, painful moment, and anxiety you have faced, God is aware of.
Psalm 56 teaches us that God does not simply dismiss our pain. He doesn’t acknowledge it and then move on. No, he records them. He keeps record. Personal. Intimate. Caring. This is who our God is.
Friends, God is not unaware of our struggles. He is not apathetic to our pain. He is not withdrawing from our confusion. Whether it’s with sin, anxiety, depression, loneliness, confusion, loss, doubt, or any other type of pain you face. He understands, because Jesus felt the burdens we feel. (Hebrews 4:13-16) Wasn’t Jesus lonely? Didn’t He taste abandonment from God on the cross? Didn’t He sense anxiety in the garden when he was sweating blood? Didn’t He live day after day with people who doubted who He was, constantly misunderstood? Didn’t He weep at the loss of his friend, Lazarus?
A TENDER KING
In God, we do not have a King so lofty and above our difficulties that He sweeps away our tears with disdain. No, we have a King who has descended into the pain with us. You do not cry alone.
Jesus understands where you are, more than you realize. May this Psalm be a gentle reminder, your pain is not unseen by the Lord. For now, we have his promises to comfort us. They help us trust in the Lord when it is difficult to see the reasonings and the whys. But soon, we will hear with our own ears and feel on our own faces, the gentle hands of God, wiping away our tears—
In time, God will wipe away your tears, He will turn your mourning into dancing and you mustn’t stay silent, you must tell of the goodness of the Lord. For the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.
In time, God will wipe away your tears and you will understand that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Now that’s not to say that what you’re going through will only last one night, but it is to encourage you that eventually morning will come and with it your joy. And just when you thought you made it through, there are days you may feel down and just like day turns into night the morning will come again and bring with it your joy.
In time, God will wipe away your tears, your days of sorrow will come to an end. God will comfort you and you will be able to rejoice.
When you feel like you’ve lost everything, God will wipe away your tears and you can say like Job, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”
When you feel helpless, God will wipe away your tears and you can praise him for his power, provision, and protection.
When you feel like a lost child wandering through life alone, God will wipe away your tears and be lamp unto your feet and a light unto your pathway.
When life overwhelms you, God will wipe away your tears and let you know there is help and there is hope. He wants you to know you have a way out, a way in and a way through and that he provided that plan before the world began. He knew you’d need a Savior to provide you a way out of your sin, a way into heaven and a way through the fire that would threaten to destroy you. And the best news is, he provided it as a gift for the asking.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
Until that day, do not forget that He is aware. He is putting things in motion to show His care for you. And all of this is for sinners, whom He loves.
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