Tuesday, April 25, 2017

God is With Us in Our Loss

Jesus Wept. - John 11:35

It’s a short verse. Two words. But they carry so much in them, don’t they? A lot of power, courage, strength and resolve.  I think we sometimes take these things for granted; we know the stories. We make little jokes about how it’s the shortest verse in the Bible. It is not really a verse I see many people talk about often. But who would have thought that two little words carried so much power in them? 

What comes to your mind when you read this verse? I think of compassion when I read this verse. Jesus was the Son of God. He was fully God, but He was also fully man. He knew Lazarus would rise. He knew the end result would be joy. Yet He still cried. He still wept over the loss of Lazarus. He still wept to see his friends grieving.

He didn’t cry to make a statement. He didn’t cry because he wanted to teach the crowd something. He cried because his heart was aching for the people gathered there. 

When we lose a loved one, we might think that God is on the other side saying, “there now, don’t cry, they are okay.” And you know, yes; He is saying this. But He is not removed from the agony that occurs.

To me, the very idea of the God of the Universe becoming human and willingly interacting with us…even sharing in our tears, is nothing less than beautiful. od  sharing in our tears, is nothing less than beautiful. man and willingly interacting with us...Just the very idea that He did not just sit and comfort Mary and Martha; He cried with them. He was genuinely heartbroken. The Creator of the rocks, the trees, the lakes and riverbeds, of mountains and valleys, understands the very depths of your aching heart. And not only does he understand and bid us, “child, come here to Me.” He weeps. He cries. Tears roll down his face, not in hopelessness, but in compassion and in love for us as His children.

And that He cares...for every issue in our lives. Just think about that. Every tear you have ever shed, the Psalmist David says, has been recorded by Him (Psalm 56:8). He hears us and he cries with us in our darkest moments. 

My God wept with me.

My God weeps with me now.

Hold onto this promise. No matter what you are going through, God is there. He will never leave us, and He will never forsake us.

Pax <3

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