[French Translation] [Spanish Translation] Have you ever heard people asking children to quit crying? Fathers telling their sons how men should never cry? Have you seen people being unkind to girls who are too quick to tears?
People judge, assume and interpret tears in many ways. Yet, have you ever wondered how God responds to our emotions?
The earliest record of how God responded to a man’s gloominess is the first man Adam’s son. When God did not accept his offering as compared to the offering that Abel offered, Cain was upset.
No one but God noticed a change in Cain. I was touched by what God noticed and asked him. This big God – the Creator of the entire universe and beyond – observes that this little man’s face looked downcast. “Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?” Genesis 4:6
Although God was disappointed with Cain that he knowingly did what was wrong, God cared for how he felt! If God cared so much about a man who was disobedient to Him, how much more does God care for the tears of His children!
The other day, my heart was deeply moved when I heard a prophetic word for a person. The Lord spoke through a prophet to a young man saying, “Son, I have seen you kneeling down and wiping your tears with your own t-shirt.”
That young man later told me about how a month ago; he was incessantly weeping about a certain issue and tears flowing so freely that he had removed his t-shirt and wiped his many tears. He did not even think for a minute that God was watching him.
When King Hezekiah became ill and was near death, he cried unto God. The word came to him through God’s prophet Isaiah that, “…Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you.” David says in Psalms 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
Your tears matter to God.
Why Does Your Tears Matter?
When a heart is cold towards God, it is set in arrogance or foolishness. But when a heart breaks before God, it shows complete dependency and humility that attracts God and He comes to your rescue.
Isaiah 66:2 talks about three things that God esteems, “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My Word.”
So it does not matter what your situation is today. Stay humble under the hands of our Mighty God (1 Peter 5:6), pray with tears and hold on to the Word of the Living God. Psalms 34:18, “The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Beware of giving up too soon. Psalms 126:5 encourages you saying, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”
Talk to your tears today. Tears, I know you are not here forever. I will continue sowing and doing what I have to and seeking God diligently, and soon there will be joy!
If you are in any sorrow as you read this, be strong friend! Continue trusting in God and pursue Him with all your heart and you will soon reap in joy.
Are you someone who is quick to tears? What do you believe God is saying to you today?