When we see, hear, and experience the horrific things that have happened just in the past year, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, Puerto Rico, Houston, Florida, Mexico, Manchester England, families lost, homes lost, everything lost. Then Las Vegas happened. It’s at these times we wonder where is God?
I write and publish several blog posts each week. I also teach a Bible Study every Sunday and I deliver several sermons a year. You would think that I would be able to come up with something to comfort those who have lost loved ones, possessions, hope. I have to admit I can’t think of anything to say. All of this has left me at a loss for words. Yes I know that God is love, and that He is with us through all these things but it somehow isn’t enough. It wasn’t enough until I read this from The Joshua Code written by O. S. Hawkins. He says that “Jesus Weeps Over Our Sorrows”. This excerpt from the book is based on the shortest verse in the Bible;
John 11:35 (NKJV) Jesus wept.
Here’s the excerpt provided by Devotionals Daily from Faithgateway
Jesus Weeps Over Our Sorrows
We now come to the shortest verse in all the Bible. Without question, it is the easiest to memorize. It contains only two words, three syllables. However, these two words offer incredible insight into the heart of our Lord.
In the small village of Bethany, we find Jesus weeping at the grave of Lazarus (John 11:35). One can’t help but wonder if Jesus is weeping today. Tears have a language all their own. The tears of our Lord speak volumes to us in this dispensation of grace.
With poignant brevity, John simply states, “Jesus wept.” He did not weep because Lazarus was dead. He knew that in a moment He could restore life to him—and those who know the Bible know this is exactly what He did! Jesus wept when He saw Lazarus’s sisters crying.
Tears touch the heart of our God. Mary’s heart was broken. Her brother was dead, and it seemed Jesus had arrived too late. She held no hope. She was hurting. She was weeping with deep sobs and wails. She was pouring out her soul to the Lord. When Jesus saw her, He wept with her. This great God is touched by our own hurts and broken hearts.
Tears speak much louder than words. They need no interpreter. The psalmist says that God keeps our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). If you need God’s attention, try tears.
It is okay to cry.
The last time tears are mentioned in the Bible is in Revelation 21:4. It reveals a beautiful scene in heaven: “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” This is our hope. He is preserving all our tears in a bottle, and one day He will wipe them all away. King David said it best: “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Meditate on the fact that we have a Lord who is not far off and removed. He is very near. He is the One who is touched by our broken hearts and weeps with us.
Excerpted with permission from The Joshua Code by O. S. Hawkins, copyright O. S. Hawkins.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.