The God that cries

 Sometimes sorrow is too deep to express
 Not even tears can the drive away the mourning and pain 
 I feel alone, empty and discouraged
 So alone, afraid and frail
 My strength is weak
 My strength is weak
 (Juanita du Plessis) 

Disappointment. Death. Divorce. One of my friends calls it a marriage massacre. How true! No one walks away unscarred. On the contrary. You are torn to shreds.

For some reason we sometimes think that God is indifferent when it comes to our hurt. In the first place He could have prevented it, so why didn’t He??? On the other hand we see Him as one who constrains His emotions. If that is how you picture God, I’m hoping to get you to see Him somewhat different.

Do you think that God takes pleasure in sending people to hell? Do you think for one moment that He enjoys it? And when He (Jesus) was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, ‘If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.’ ” (Luke 19:41-42) I want to assure you that it BREAKS God’s heart that people rejects His great gift: eternal life in Christ Jesus.

2 Cor 1:3 talks about God as “the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort”. Who better to comfort than someone who knows first-hand what heartache is like? We see in Isaiah 53 that Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And in Matthew 26:38, when Jesus went to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, He said to His disciples, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.’

Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled… Jesus wept. (John 11:33, 35)

This piece of scripture baffles a lot of theologians. Why did Jesus weep when He knew that He would raise Lazarus from the dead? Dear reader, over the past 25 years I’ve attended more funerals than I can count. Most of the times I know where the deceased find themselves. I know that there is a wonderful life after death for God’s children. But every time, without exception, I am deeply moved and I am reminded that death is our enemy. It doesn’t matter if you know that person is in a better place, without any pain or suffering. Death will always be horrific and loathsome and the pain almost unbearable. I believe Jesus also experienced it this way.

He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see?  (Psalm 94:9)  I want to ask you, He Who made your emotions, will He not have any feelings Himself? Dear reader, God is NOT apathetic when it comes to your pain. Don’t believe the enemy’s lie that God doesn’t care. No, it hurts Him even more than it hurts you!

I do not have answers to all your “why” questions. And I’m not going to tell you that time heals. It doesn’t. But God does. He understands, He’s crying alongside you and there comes a day when He Himself will wipe the tears from our eyes. (Rev 21:4)

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