Bible Ballistics: Heart Healer? March 9, 2014 Vol.3 No.17
Ever have a heartache? Ever have one that seemed to linger so long that you wondered if you’d ever get over it? Most of us have had some kind of heartache, some so difficult that we weren’t sure that we could ever get over them. I’d like us to consider this dilemma and what, if any recourse that we might have.
Let’s begin with the hope of Jesus mentioned in several passages:
Isaiah 25:8, “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.”
Revelation 7:17, “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
Revelation 21:4, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Oh, what a glorious promise and hope we have in Jesus—a time when all of our tears will be wiped away with all crying. Those times when we have cried until we thought there was not another drop of water left in our body. The nights when we wept till the dawn broke into our sorrow. Those days when we only overcame the tears to preserve our pride and privacy. When we are with Jesus—we will never have to cry again. God Himself shall wipe away our tears.
But, what about now? What do we to do in the mean time? One of my favorite verses reminds us that God knows those times and seasons—if will but learn to trust HIM with them, all of them.
Psalm 126:5, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”
Isaiah 38:5a, “Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears:”
Psalm 56:8-9, “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? 9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”
Remember, God never wastes anything, even our tears. He brings ‘joy’, out of sorrow–He ‘hears’ our prayers—and ‘sees’ our ‘tears’. He holds our ‘tears’ as in a bottle for safekeeping, and records them in His ‘book’. I believe perhaps to show us one day all the marvelous things HE made out of ‘tears’. Because GOD is always ‘for us’. As Romans 8:31 says,
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” (Remember 2 Cor. 5:21)
Are we willing to trust Him in those moments? Is He truly trustworthy? Can we walk through these difficult times with confidence? Absolutely!!! We can and we must!!
Psalm 30:4-5, “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. 5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
And Romans 5:3-5 reminds us that, “ …… we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
His love in us—that we can spread His love to others. And sometimes that LOVE will spill out as tears. Sometimes the very ministry that God calls us to can cause us to know heartache and tears, but as He promised in Jeremiah 31:16,
“Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.” He is faithful then—and now. Always!!!
God’s discipline is always for our ultimate good. He is working to transform us into sons that will bring Him glory and to grow us in His grace.
Hebrews 12:5b-6, “……. My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” (See Rom 8:28-29).
Are you yielding to the hand of the Lord? Am I willing to trust Him and His work in my life? He is worthy of our trust, and He can handle your questions and your doubt—just listen to HIS answers. Feast on HIS word,
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Will you let God heal your heart HIS Way? Give HIM your tears—He is the ‘heart healer’!!! I thank HIM for it!!!