Joy cometh in the morning . . .
BY MINISTER AIKEN
may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Life is filled with all kinds of issues; some we create for ourselves, some created by others and some which are completely beyond our control. Yes,
we all can say “if it ain’t one thing, its another.”
As painful as the test and trials of life may seem at times, our faith must be tested. Anyone can have faith when we are in our mountain top experiences, but the
true test of faith is when we are in our midnight hour.
Perhaps you are reading this devotion on the morning after a long night of test and trials that seemed to have weigh you down. You may have
been struggling all night long in your mind about a wayward child, an unsaved spouse or family member, a financial issue or maybe you may be at the cross roads of life trying to decide which road to take on a situation. Whatever test it was that tried to make
itself appear to linger and not go away has now passed. ITS MORNING AND JOY HAS COME!!!! Oh, the peace and joy of a new morning. Oh, what great relief a new morning brings!!!
A new morning brings another
opportunity to get it right with God!! A new morning!!! Lamentations 3:22-23 declares-It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23They are new every
morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Oh, what great comfort is being offered by God this morning to those who made it through to Morning.
Believe it or not, in the midst of your
midnight test or trial, God was right there!!! If God was not there, you would not have been able to make it through to morning, because the enemy would have taken his best shot at your weakest moment to destroy you. BUT GOD-He gave you the strength
to hold out because He (God) knew that joy was coming for you in the morning. YOU NEED TO TELL GOD THANK YOU RIGHT THERE!!
If the truth be told, the mountain top experiences do not depict who we really are. Our true identity
is seen when we are down in the trenches of life. Those times when our situation looks (in the natural) contrary to what God’s Word says about it.
Throughout the bible we see where the faith of God’s
people was tested in their midnight experiences. We also see their “JOY” on the morning after.
Midnight experiences-The children of Israel under the bondage of Pharaoh for 400 years-midnight;
then the “JOY” of leaving Egypt (SIN) and the promise land (SALVATION IN CHRIST JESUS) “JOY”, The Red Sea-midnight, and then the “JOY” of the passage through, The walls of Jericho-midnight, then the “JOY”
of the falling of the walls, David facing the giant Goliath-midnight, then the “JOY” of Victory after the death of Goliath, The shackled prisoners, Paul and Silas-midnight, then the “JOY” of the earth quake and the doors
being open. What is my point? WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT BUT JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING!!!!
Whatever your situation may be on today, I hear God saying to you-”WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT, BUT
JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING”. IN OTHER WORDS, GOD IS SAYING “IF YOU HOLD OUT, THE SUN IS GONNA SHINE”. THE KEY IS HOLDING OUT -TO KEEP BELIEVING GOD EVEN IN THE MIDST OF TEST AND TRIALS.
think we all need a constant reminder of who our God is and what He is well able to do in times of hurt, pain and despair. We must know without a doubt that when our days of suffering and pains seem endless, God is there. God is Faithful and He will fulfill
As we walk this walk of faith we are tested and tried with many different things but God tells us in His Word that these test and trials brings us to a better place, a place of increased faith and dependence on God. It
is in times of pain and despair that we realize that God is our only help and hope. It is God that we should look to and not man. It is God who is there to comfort our hearts in the midnight hours, It is OUR God who strengthens and encourages
us in the dark valleys of life. Some people would have you to believe that test and trials are a form of punishment from God. Some say if we can reach a certain level of maturity in Christ, then all our trials will disappear. Then there
are others who may say we are experiencing these test and trials because of what we have or have not done in the past. The truth of the matter is that God’s Word declares that the test and trials of life will come.
2 Timothy 3:12 declares–Yea and all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. In other words, we will go through test and trials in life.
James 1:2-3 says -My brethren,
count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
There is a greater purpose for our suffering. There is a work that God needs to work
inside of us to make us more like Christ. Philippians 1:6 declares-Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ. COUNT IT ALL JOY!!!!
purpose of trials in our life is to produce patience and develop perseverance; to purify our faith-the geniuses of it, which is much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire. Testing also perfects our character and gives
us hope. Testing works for us and not against us.
2 Corinthians 4:17-For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Romans 8:18– I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Yes, midnight will come and guess
what? when the morning come, midnight will come to an end. The seemingly endless valleys we must walk thru in life are only but for a moment. Through the pain, tears, heartaches and sufferings we can rest in the knowledge of God’s Word that He is always
with us and will never leave us. He is always there making a way when it seems totally impossible in our midnight hour.
PSALM 30:5 boldly declares on today that -For his anger endureth but a moment; in
his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Remember, There is always a morning after midnight. ”THE SUN IS GONNA SHINE, IF YOU HOLD OUT”!!!!
WE HAVE GOD’S WORD ON
Be encouraged, keep the faith, keep believing, keep trusting, keep praying, keep witnessing, even in the midst of suffering and watch God!!! He will never fail you!!! JOY WILL COME IN THE MORNING!!!!
YOU WILL REAP THE HARVEST OF A NEW MORNING IF YOU FAINT NOT IN YOUR MIDNIGHT HOUR!!!!!! Amen? Amen.
GOD BLESS AND TELL THE LORD THANK YOU THAT YOUR MORNING
And God shall wipe away your tears . . . Opinion
He intercedes for you . . .
Your burden is too much to bear . . .
Tears are precious . . . to God
Chapter 1 Precious Are the Tears
Practical Issues of This Life, CFP, Watchman Nee
in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear. (Heb. 5.7)
I would like for us to examine together one special matter that has been on my heart. It concerns something which everybody has, though it is not always evident. It is often something done by us, yet not done every time. And what is that? It is the shedding
of tears. I wonder if you know the significance of tears? It is a good sign if a person is able to shed tears. An individual who had had much experience in spiritual matters once made this statement: Giving your love to a person who cannot shed tears is like
handing over your money bag to a thief to keep. This is quite true. A person often feels uneasy about giving his love to one who cannot shed tears. For tears are the one thing that is indispensable in this world. It can rightly be said that a person who is
unable to shed tears has lost something of the very essence of man: he can no longer be considered as being human.
I strongly repudiate any man who is so haughty as to condemn tears in men. He may
think himself brave for not shedding tears. He may deem himself as nobler and superior to others. But facts just do not bear this out! Let me tell you, a dry eye reveals a dry and hard heart. Such a heart has become rebellious, void of feeling, insensitive
as wood and stone. Oftentimes tears betray the true heart condition of a person. It may be said that nothing discloses the inward state of a human heart more than do tears. Let me say from conviction that tears are the outlet of the heart.
How is this so? Well, suppose I am exceedingly sad today; so sad, in fact, that I can neither sigh nor talk—nor can I eat, sleep, nor work. Now what would you think would be the best way to dispel my sadness?
If you were to ask a doctor how to cure such depression, he might perhaps use psychology by suggesting that I should invite my most intimate friends over for a heart-to-heart talk, or that I should listen to a few jokes so as to laugh off my gloom, or that
I should visit some beautiful scenic places, or that I should take a walk, or that I should listen to some music so as to soothe my heart and forget my sorrow. Let me tell you, none of these ideas will work. But should the doctor be one who is deep in life
experience, he would declare to me instead: Have a good cry and you will find that everything will be all right. Is this not true? When pressure builds up within you to an unbearable degree, you will discover that just two drops of tears from your eyes will
release all the tension and settle every problem. How strange that what is in the heart finds its exit through the eyes. It seems as though the eyes have become the outlet of the heart. For as the tears flow, the heart is opened up.
I recall that there was once a disabled person who suffered greatly because of his physical deficiency. Nothing seemed to please him, and so he began to harbor the thought of suicide. For seven long years such anguish had burned
as fire within him. Then one day he attended a concert. All those present were enthralled by the excellent performance, and their souls were enraptured. But what about this one man? His conduct was quite different. He just shed two drops of tears. So that
when people saw it they said to him: “Is not today’s music most inspiring? Why then do you shed tears?” He answered them, “Formerly I was depressed and dejected, but as I listened to the music, my tears began to fall, and now I feel
fine.” Music therefore seemed to open a hole in this man’s heart and caused his tears to flow. His heart originally had been filled with melancholy; but then his tears began to fall and the melancholy commenced to flow out with them. The humanity
that had been so bound up and concealed by melancholia had at last been freed by tears. Now such an ability to shed tears demonstrates the humanity in a man. Some may regard tears as a sign of weakness; but quite the contrary, the one who has no tears to shed
has buried his humanity.
Tears are the common portion which all mankind shares. And our Lord was no exception; He too shed tears. Though the Bible mentions the joy of the Lord, it never records
His laughter. But it does recount the fact of His shedding tears. We notice in Hebrews 5.7 that the tears of the Lord are spoken of in plural number, perhaps indicating that He frequently shed tears. Isaiah 53 likewise indicates that Christ was “a man
of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (v.3).
It can truly be said that tears are most precious. Physically speaking, only a tear can wash a man’s eyes. The world has so much dust and
dirt constantly intruding upon them that, fortunately, with the incessant washing of tears a person may have clearer sight. Were there no tears in man’s eyes, then most likely no one could see anything clearly.
Yet tears have this cleansing effect not only in the physical realm, they have the same effect in the spiritual realm. In the physical realm, a few more tears will cause you to see more clearly. Similarly, without a few tears your spiritual
eyes would soon lose their function. Mr. D. H. Panton once told a young couple that everything was fine with them except for one point. If they would observe this one thing more they would be perfect. The point he had in mind was a desiring of the coming of
the Lord. During that evening the husband said to his wife: “Let us heed the word of the old man this time. Let us pray carefully for this matter this evening.” Whereupon he prayed faithfully concerning this matter, and expected his wife to continue
in prayer as well. But she did not pray in this way, for, she thought to herself, Why should I ask the Lord to come quickly, since I have a good family, the relationship between my husband and me is most cordial, our living is quite comfortable,
our house is very cozy, and everything seems to be going along exceedingly well? Seven months went by, and the husband suddenly passed away. Later, when the wife saw Mr. Panton, she took his hand and wept, saying, “Since the day of my husband’s
passing I have been asking daily for the soon return of the Lord.” Tears had thus cleansed her eyes and caused her to see more clearly.
If you have ever studied physiology you will know that
eyes are like glasses which need to be washed constantly, else they will not be transparent. Each time the eyelids close, tears flow forth to wash the eyes. In like manner, in the spiritual realm, if there are no tears, our spiritual eyes will not be washed;
and so we shall be unable to see clearly. Those who have never been hurt, who have never encountered any unpleasant circumstance, who have never known anguish, vexation and oppression in spirit, are ignorant and undiscerning in many things.
There was once a couple who lived quite well before the Lord. They both were zealous and served the Lord well. After a short while, though, the child whom they loved dearly died. They became indignant, and declared:
“Hereafter we will not serve God any more. We have served Him so faithfully, and yet He has allowed our child to die instead of blessing us.” They indeed were no longer zealous and seeking as before, but spent their days carelessly for eight or
nine years. One day while the father was walking in the wilderness he saw a shepherd trying to lead a flock through a creek. It was quite natural in the country for there to be no well-built bridge over the creek. Instead, a narrow board usually served as
a bridge. Man could therefore dare to cross it, but for the sheep this was fairly difficult. They were both timid and dull. So that no matter how this shepherd coaxed and coerced, his sheep refused to cross the creek. Finally, the shepherd was driven to take
the most precious lamb away from its mother and compel it to cross over by means of the board. The mother sheep, out of love for her baby lamb, ran the risk of crossing the creek on the board by following. With the result that all the rest of the flock crossed
over to the other side of the creek too. Now when the father saw this, he wept, and then he exclaimed, “It is enough!” By this incident he was revived spiritually. Later he testified as follows: “For fear lest I would refuse to cross over
and thus be left on this side of the creek, God took my child and brought him over first. If a foolish thing such as a sheep knows to follow through, why should I linger behind?” The father now saw clearly.
Frequently tears can bring people closer to God. A lack of such tears may be the reason why people who sail through life easily and comfortably—never suffering any deprivation—seldom have depth. All who are Christians during the
time of prosperity but never during the day of tears cannot help but be ordinary, for they will not have had much experience. But then, many unbelievers have never believed in the Lord because they too have never suffered. They think they can live in this
world by eating and drinking and making merry from dawn to dusk; if nothing special happens to them, they are able to get by throughout all their life. How, then, can they ever see light if they have never once shed tears? No wonder they are so foolish, deadly
drunk with the world, and unsaved. O Christians, let us not harden our hearts—unwilling to wash our eyes with tears—lest we become dull and blind in spiritual things.
Let us now see
what the Bible has to say about tears. Today I do not wish to counsel you to make merry but would counsel you to cry. And why? Because today is the time for weeping; this world is a place for mourning. Let me repeat that he who sets aside tears neither knows
the time nor his place in the world. All who cannot shed tears have already lost their essential human character, because the true meaning of life is unquestionably expressed in tears. And as we look into the Scriptures may we be able to see what the Lord
wants us to do. For throughout the entire Old and New Testaments there are innumerable times where tears are being mentioned. There will be no need for us to go through them all; a study of only a few of these Scriptures will be sufficient for our present
purpose, which is, to deal with such points as the meaning of tears, the relationship of tears to a sinner’s repentance, their relation to a believer’s prayer and work, and finally, God’s attitude towards tears.
Causes . . . of tears
The Meaning of Tears
Although tears sometimes flow forth out of sheer joy, usually they are caused by extreme sorrow or pressure beyond measure. Tears are shed because the
sorrow, sadness, or pressure within us has become unbearable. Nevertheless, a most surprising thing happens at this juncture. As your tears flow, the many burdens within you are suddenly lightened. What was of tremendous importance before is now loosened up.
It would appear as though something has gone out of you because of your tears. Otherwise, how could the many burdens inside you have been lessened? How could the pressure built up in you have decreased? Here may we see the meaning of tears. Tears discharge
what is in the heart. Tears are the outlet of the heart. Let us search the Bible and take note of what it says about this matter.
“My friends scoff at me: but mine
eye poureth out tears unto God” (Job 16.20). These were words spoken by Job after he had been assaulted by Satan and scoffed at by his three friends. Brethren, is this your experience, that you pour out tears before God when you are scorned and are oppressed
by men? How often are you provoked by others? Have you ever been misunderstood and damaged? If you have encountered such things, did you cry as Job did? It is true that, before men, weeping is a sign of human weakness, but before God it is the proper thing
to do. I often say that blessed is the man who has shed tears before God; because he who has never cried before God does not know what fellowship is, nor what it is to be near to God, nor how to cast a burden upon the Lord.
I have a friend who once told me something about tears. Said he: When your earthly path is blocked all around, when you are provoked on every side, when everybody accuses you of being wrong, and all your environment
seems to revolt against you, then this is the time you should shed a few drops of tears before God; for this is your only way out, this alone can solve your problems. How very true are these words of my friend. And all who are experienced will say the same
thing. If you wish to serve God faithfully and live godly, these things will come to you, and tears must flow. No believer can avoid such happenings. We may therefore declare that no one who is faithful has never shed any tears. Brothers and sisters, how about
you? If you have told God your difficulty as well as your joy, I counsel you to offer your tears to Him too.
“Every night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch
with my tears” (Ps. 6.6). David was in distress at that time. He was also physically ill. He wept every night till his bed was made to swim and his couch was wet all over. Forgive me my saying an unpleasant word, but I believe that all who can only laugh
but never weep too are shallow and superficial. He who laughs and jokes all the day long betrays an emptiness within. For no one who has ever been dug up by God has failed to cry and weep. Tears express that which is inside a person, so that people are able
to see what God has done in him. Yet what is indeed precious to God is not our tears shed in public to be seen by men but our secret tears which we shed for Him alone to see. “Tears unto God”, tears of the night—these are the truly proper,
precious tears. We know David was disposed to weeping. In the Psalms are a number of places which record his tears. Each time he fell into sin or distress he shed tears before God. Not so with Saul, though, who knew only to lose his temper and be angry but
never to shed tears.
We have already seen how tears are expressive of sorrow. We also know that sorrow creates deep feeling within, whereas our laughing touches the human
heart very little. Laughter is somewhat superficial; but sorrow comes from within, and hence it enters deeply into another’s heart. This is universally recognized by all who are well experienced in life. Genuine tears disclose a wounded heart, and in
the presence of such tears the heart melts. But tears which flow without anguish of heart are meaningless.
David was brought by God into such depth and had so much experience
because he shed many tears. The profusion of his tears showed the multitude of his sufferings and adversities. Many lessons were learned in distress, just as Romans indicates: “tribulation works endurance” (5.3 Darby). Let us understand that David
became what he was partly because of his tears. Had there been no tears to develop him, he would not have been any deeper than the ordinary person.
When the children of
Israel were taken captive and carried away to the nations, people ridiculed them by saying, “What do you have now? The temple of your God is destroyed; your country is fallen. Where then is your God? What has happened to you?” It was under such
a circumstance as this that the sons of Korah wrote a very meaningful psalm, part of which runs as follows: “My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?” (42.3) At that time they really suffered,
because people lashed out at them with very sharp words. They therefore had no other recourse but to shed tears before God. It is human nature to find opportunity to pierce and to hurt those whom we hate; people rejoice in another’s suffering. Hence
we find that the enemies of Israel pierced the hearts of the Israelites with reproaches and ridicule so as to make them suffer. So that all they could do was to shed tears. Later on, however, we discover how God greatly regarded those tears.
“Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun; and, behold, the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors
there was power; but they had no comforter” (Eccl. 4.1). In this verse we see how tears flow because of hearing unpleasant words, how distress and oppression produce grief and anxiety. Being pressed by these things for some time until you can no longer
endure them, you will find that your tears begin to gush forth.
“She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; among all her lovers she hath
none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they are become her enemies” (Lam. 1.2). Lamentations was written by Jeremiah, and it is a book which reveals the experiences of the children of Israel in their captivity. This particular
verse from the book shows us that due to treacherous treatment given them by men, the children of Israel wept with many tears.
From these various Scripture passages quoted
we realize that tears are the result of oppression, treachery, ridicule, and all kinds of adverse circumstances, that tears often indicate pressure and pain. And we know that all these things happened to our Lord, otherwise His heart would not have cried out
in tears. His tears tell us how He endured these things. Hence the shedding of tears is not something to be ashamed of; on the contrary, it is something holy.
I would say
that in this world tears excel the smile. This world full of sin and perversity is fortunate indeed to have a few drops of tears with which to wash itself; otherwise, this world would probably be far worse. It is fortunate, in this blind and wicked generation,
to have a few warm tears to betoken one final trace of human feeling. Were there not even a few tears evident, this world would truly be darker than hell. Due to God’s providential care, many beautiful flowers today are watered by tears in the form of
rain-drops falling from heaven; or else they would all be withered.
The intimate relationships existing in this world between parents, husband and wife, brothers and sisters, and among near relatives are
happily maintained by a few timely drops of tears; otherwise we would descend into living according to the conditions that shall mark the Great Tribulation. We know that the anti-Christ is someday coming; but today he is effectively restrained by tears. Without
tears the sufferings on earth would undoubtedly be deepened and sin would be greatly increased. Tears, therefore, represent the true meaning of life. It shows that man has not yet completely abandoned his humanity but continues to retain a sense of sin. For
where sin is present, there ought to be tears. Unhappy environment, sad event, and past recollection may all cause us to shed tears. Yet many have none to shed because they have forgotten their past history, forgotten their departure from the Garden of Eden,
as well as forgotten their precarious standing today. So that in God’s plan of redemption man will not be able to return to his original position if he has no tears. A person who forgets what he has gone through sheds no tears. Tears, then, are the symbol
of painful recollection.
Tears in a bottle
by Dr. Henry Morris
Tear bottles were prevalent in ancient Roman times, when mourners filled small glass vials with tears and placed them in burial tombs as symbols of love and respect.
In the Old Testament of the Bible,
the notion of collecting tears in a bottle appears in Psalm 56:8 when David prays to God, “Thou tellest my wanderings, put thou my tears in Thy bottle; are they not in Thy Book?” David’s words remind us that God keeps a record of human pain
and suffering and always remembers our sorrows.
“God’s Tear Bottle”
“Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” (Psalm 56:8).
a remarkable insight into the tender heart of our heavenly Father. He has a tear bottle — in fact, perhaps a tear bottle for each of His wandering children.
Ancient “tear bottles” (or wineskins) have actually been excavated by archaeologists
in Israel. These vessels were used to catch and preserve the owner’s tears during times of grief or extreme pressure. This psalm was actually written by David when he was being pursued by Saul on one side and surrounded by Philistines in the city of
Goliath on the other. David apparently not only had his own tear bottle, but also believed that God somehow was also storing up David’s personal tears in His own heavenly bottle of tears.
There is a touching story in the earthly ministry of Jesus
that provides another example: “Behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash
His feet with tears, . . . and anointed them with the ointment” (Luke:7:38).
The ointment was obviously not the same as the tears, but followed the washing by tears. Some scholars think these tears came from her bottle, which was emptied on His
feet and used to wash them. Others think that those tear bottles that have been found actually contained the collected tears of mourners at a burial site.
In any case, God does know all our wanderings and sorrows and all our tears, and stores them up
for each of us.
Tear bottles were fairly common in Roman Times, around the time of Christ, when mourners filled small glass bottles or cups with tears and placed them in burial tombs as symbols of respect. Sometimes women were even paid to cry into these vessels, as they
walked along the mourning procession. Those crying the loudest and producing the most tears received the most compensation, or so the legend goes. The more anguish and tears produced, the more important and valued the deceased person was perceived to be.
Tear bottles reappeared during the Victorian Period… when those mourning the loss of loved ones would collect their tears in bottles with special stoppers that allowed the tears to evaporate. When the tears had evaporated, the mourning period would
In some American Civil War stories, women were said to have cried into tear bottles and saved them until their husbands returned from battle. Their collected tears would show the men how much they were adored and missed.
Take my hand and lead me . . .
He hears your tears . . .
Devotion: God Collects Your Every Tear Through the Pain
“Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll–are they not in your record?” (Psalm 56:8)
I love watching someone’s tears being wiped away by a loving parent, relative, or friend. That
interaction is so precious. Maybe it’s seeing the concern and care taken to collect each and every tear. Maybe it’s knowing someone else cares so much about you they will gladly wipe away your tears that stirs my heart. Whatever the reason, it’s
an emotional scene for sure.
For those of us going through hard situations, tough physical challenges or tight finances, tears can be a regular occurrence. When I read this passage, the tenderness expressed by David here made me shed some tears. Several
other versions say it this way, “You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records?” (HCSB)
To me, this is a reminder that God sees every one of our tears; He collects them so not one will
be forgotten or missed. Essentially, God is saying He grieves right alongside us. When we are hurting and sad, He is hurting and sad. When we are happy, He is happy. He is the truest friend we’ll ever have.
Wow, what a loving picture of God’s
affection toward us. It encourages me greatly to know that God cares that much about me to collect my tears in His bottle! Know that whatever you are going through God doessee you and mourns along with you. Let your tears fall onto His hands;
He cares so much about you (1 Peter 5:7).
Prayer: Dear God, Your love and compassion touches me greatly. My soul takes comfort in knowing you collect each and every one of my tears. Thank you for never letting me go through something alone.
About the Author:
Bridget Gazlay resides in beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with fibromyalgia, endometriosis, IBS, kidney stones, and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric art on the side. Bridget’s
prayer is that anyone who comes across her writing or artwork would see she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.”
It is well with my soul . . .
What does God do with our tears . . .
What God Will Do to Our Tears
Let us now see how God will treat our tears. “Thou numberest my
wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle; are they not in thy book?” (Ps. 56.8) God does remember; He numbers our tears. He never forgets one drop of them even.
“Thou hast fed them
with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in large measure” (Ps. 80.5). “Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling” (Ps. 116.8). God seems to give us tears to drink and to eat. In
fact, our whole life on earth is spent in tears. We make tears our companion. How this world is a land of tears. Almost every square foot of red earth is wet with tears. It in effect can be said that no place is dry. For everything here on earth is able to
make us cry; every circumstance will pierce our heart. There is no peace on earth. Only hurt is the situation here. God, however, will deliver our eyes from tears and our feet from falling. And this day will soon come; we will not live forever in such a tearful
“And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev. 7.17). The people in view here are “they that come out of the great tribulation, and they washed their robes,
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (v.14b). God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes. This is the Lord’s promise given before the millennial kingdom.
“And he shall
wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away” (Rev. 21.4). After the millennial kingdom the Lord also promises all the saved ones that
He will wipe away their tears.
I delight greatly in the New Jerusalem. Not because it has the street of pure gold and twelve gates of pearl, but because there is the presence of the Lord and the
absence of any more tears there. If we die today, it is not for vexation but for rest, just as we might lie down to sleep a while after having become tired of walking. However, we all are waiting for that day of no more tears to come, we are not waiting for
death. People like Paul have rested for about two thousand years. Some of us may go to rest today. Yet should the Lord tarry longer, the remainder of us may have our earthly days prolonged to thirty or fifty years. Even so, thanks be to God that that day is
coming, this world shall weep no more.
The Lord has borne our pain so that we may not suffer again in the future. Thank God, there shall be no more pain for there is no more sin.
Trouble, pain, and tears arise from sin, but there shall not be any sin any more, and hence, no more tears forever. Praise God, the days of sorrow will not last long, the New Jerusalem is coming soon, and this tearful world shall instantly pass away. Oh the
wonder of it, that on that side all pains are gone because all sin is taken away.
On that day the Lord will give us a resurrection body. I think that that body will be similar
to ours today, possessing all the different members that our body has today; yet it will be a transformed body. And in this transformed body one thing shall be missing—the tears in the eyes. For you see, tears are something for the night; and hence,
there will be no more need of them, since night will be done away.
How blessed we are. This earthen vessel of ours shall not work and pray on earth forever. As long as we are still here, we are
satisfied with God. But, this will not be for long. Oh, that day is coming. And how I wish that day to come quickly.
In conclusion, then, let me end with a story. Towards the end of the First World
War a battlefield was full of heavily wounded soldiers, both French and German. A wounded Frenchman gave a wounded German a drink of water out of his bottle. They were both Christians, and both were dying. After the German soldier finished drinking, the French
soldier took his hand and said, “There shall be no more war over there.” And with that they both collapsed and died. Let me too say today that over there, there shall be no more tears.