Tears are real. They happen every day all around the world.
Tears protect us from infection and they lubricate our eyes. Humans are the only ones who shed tears as a result of an emotion.
Have you ever noticed that when you cry, you feel better? That’s the miracle of tears! If we couldn’t cry, we would feel increasingly stressful.
What does God say about tears? Tears and our suffering always have a purpose. The Bible says that God is near to those who cry out to Him and who desire His will. “His ears are open to their cry” (Psalm 34:15). God remembers our tears, keeps them in a bottle and writes them down in His book (Psalm 56:8).
Tears of the past, present and future are also recorded in God’s book, the Bible.
Why do we have tears? We have to look to the past, in God’s word, for the answer. In Genesis, we read about Adam and Eve, who first disobeyed God (Genesis 3). In the beginning, Creation was perfect – with no sorrow or dying. When sin entered the world so did tears! Adam and Eve would have been very sorrowful when God drove them out of the paradise of The Garden of Eden. Their perfect relationship with Him was changed forever. Since then a sacrifice has been required to enable each of us to approach God, because we chose to separate ourselves from our God. Death has come to mankind because “all sinned” (Romans 5:12) and the payment for sin is death.
Tears of the present: God’s ears are open to those who are crying at this moment. His desire is that we draw close to Him in our sorrow and pain. He wants us to turn to His Word so that we can learn to do His will. Then He can make beauty out of our ashes. He can strengthen us in our weakness and do miracles through our tears!
The Bible says that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance” (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Jesus Christ is touched with the feelings of our weaknesses; He was tempted in all things as we are; yet He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). During difficult times, He understands, and if we surrender to His will and let Him into our lives, He will do new things that could never have happened without our tears.
The Lord Jesus cried Himself, as He considered the waywardness of mankind and the hardness of their hearts (Matthew 23:37). He groaned in His spirit when He saw the results of death. He knew that death and pain are the results of sin. He came to be the answer for our sin problem! “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
God knows pain. He sent His innocent Son to die so that you could have real hope in this terribly wicked worldJust as Adam and Eve needed a sacrifice, so do you and I. Those who take God’s gift receive everlasting life. When someone comes to Christ in faith and trusts Him as Saviour, it is worth all of the moments of temporary pain and tears in his or her whole lifetime, because the person’s eternal future is secure. God promises He “will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 21:4).
Can there be tears in the future? The Bible says that for those who die without a Saviour, weeping and gnashing of teeth will be their portion forever in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15). God doesn’t want this to happen to anyone. This is why Jesus went through the most pain that anyone has ever endured. The pain intensified when God forsook the Lord Jesus as He suffered the wrath for our disobedience to God. Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:34).
God knows pain. He sent His innocent Son to die so that you could have real hope in this terribly wicked world. You can have His peace to carry you through your pain. Please accept Him as your sacrifice for the judgment of your sins. He loves you and wants to be there for you when you cry, to strengthen you and make you a blessing during life’s most difficult times. You are not alone! God sees your tears.
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