God cares

We are living in times when there is so much sorrow, pain and tears with us.  But as we cry, let us direct our tears to God for tears spent in prayer will sow a seed of faith that will reap a harvest of results.

God does hear the cry of your heart! Charles Spurgeon, the great orator and preacher said that the ministry of tears was “liquid prayer.” They are pouring our heart out before God, seeking Him with all our heart, soul and mind. They are a drink offering before the throne of God, poured out before his presence, surrendered unto his will.

Having been there, (experienced pain both profound and trivial) I assure you that God cares—more than anyone else! You may not understand why He doesn’t answer prayers like you think He should. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t care. There may be a whole set of circumstances going on that we may not understand like we have now with COVID 19. But please don’t stop going to Him, praying, believing, and trusting. We serve an amazing God who works miracles in many different ways!

PSALM 56: 8-11 "You have kept count of my tossing; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord,whose word I praise, in god I trust; I shall not be afraid."

I believe God put Psalm 56 in the Bible for people who feel forgotten in their pain. This Psalm says that every tear David has cried, God has placed in a bottle. It’s this intimate imagery that God is near in our hurt. The God of the universe, hearing millions of prayers at any given time, is aware of every tear that leaves your eyes.  Every burden, painful moment, and anxiety you have faced, God is aware of.

Tears communicate to others your need for support and love.  So in one way, God’s designing of tears was actually a design born from His care for us. That tears would symbolize “I’m hurting” to those near us. If they communicate our pain to those around us, how much more to God?

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.

How beautiful does this make our God? That He is telling us He is aware of every tear we cry? And every tear we suppress because of foolish cultural standards, sinful understanding of masculinity, or the thousands of other reasons we do not allow tears to fall.

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)

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).

As God says to King Hezekiah, so he could say to each of his children, “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears” (2 Kings 20:5).

Just because Jesus loves us and knows how to fix our problems doesn’t mean he takes a shortcut through our grief. The same one who raises the dead first stops to linger with us in our sorrow — to climb down into our valley of tears and walk alongside us.

To be sure, not all tears awaken our Lord’s compassion. God has little patience when we weep in misery over the idols he removes from us, as when Israel preferred Egypt’s meat to God’s presence (Numbers 11:4–10). But every tear you shed in faith — shattered but trusting, gutted but believing — has this banner hanging over it: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18).

Every tear you shed is preparing for you “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Every drop of agony and heartache sinks down into the ground like a seed, waiting to sprout up into an oak of laughter.

The same one who raises the dead stops to linger with us in our sorrow, to climb down into our valley of tears.  Maybe that sounds impossible. Maybe you wonder, “How could this sorrow, this heartache, this grief ever give way to joy?” That’s alright if you can’t understand the how right now. God’s ways are often too high and too marvelous for us to grasp. But can you believe — in hope against hope — that what is impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27; Romans 4:18)?

Comforting Thought for the Month

Believing that God will turn our tears into shouts of joy does not mean that we no longer grieve. But it does mean that we cling to him through the pain, and let every calamity crash us into his arms. And that we learn to lament to God instead of curse his name.

We’ll keep reading our Bibles, even when we feel dead to God’s word.

We’ll keep on crying out to God, even when He feels deaf to us.

We’ll keep on gathering with God’s people, even when they don’t understand what we’re going through.

We’ll keep on serving others, even while we carry our sorrow wherever we go.

And we’ll keep on sowing the seeds of truth and grace into our barren souls, waiting for the day when God takes us home.

And in a moment, tears will become the stuff of old tales.