Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Record of Tears

UV 2280/10000 The Record of Tears
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
Psalm 56 v 8

It is said that it is possible to cross all the oceans without wetting one’s feet but it is impossible to cross life without wetting one’s eyes. Sorrows are inevitable. We shed different kinds of tears: tears of repentance, tears of pain, tears of desperation, tears of love, tears of hope, tears of remembrance, tears of joy. The Lord keeps a record of our sorrows and our tears and cries. These are like deposits made into the heavenly bank and earn an interest over our lifetime and beyond. No single tear or sorrow is wasted. It comes back to us as the former rain and latter rain of blessings in our lives. What we sow in tears, we reap in joy, laughter, anointing, leading and blessings. He will turn our sorrows into joy. The cause of our sorrow will become the root of our joy. Our tears and cries resonate in the heart of the Lord.
The Lord is closest and most intimate with us when we are walking in sorrow and tears. He sends the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to remind us of who the Lord is and what He has done for us in the past and what He can do now to change our sorrows into joy. He gives us new strength out of our afflictions and and so turns the killer’s plots into His plan for our benefit, our growth and our salvation.
The obstacles and sorrows of our lives are opportunities for the Lord to reveal His grace, mercy and power. This is the reason we should rejoice when we are afflicted. Our sorrows and troubles are real and painful but the Lord’s grace and love are the ultimate reality. The former are temporal and temporary while the latter is eternal and valuable forever. Our testimonies or the proof and evidence of God’s love come out of our tears and sorrows. We wander through life as if there is no specific direction or purpose for our journey. But each sorrow we experience and each affliction we overcome is a milestone on our pilgrimage back to the Lord. Like the prodigal son, the pleasures of the world might attract us and draw us away from the Lord but the pains and afflictions will draw us back to our Father in heaven. He will receive us back with great mercy, grace and love. He will honour us with His best. This time round we will love Him back truly and without distraction or doubt for we know now that He loves us undeservedly when we should have fallen under His wrath and penalty.

Prateep V Philip

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