Bible Ballistics: BBs #110 Precious Tears!!!
Good morning winter!!! I don’t know where you live, but here in Oklahoma winter has arrived. It’s about 24 degrees and dropping, at least for the next hour or so till daylight, and about the same forecast for the rest of the week. Well, it IS winter here, what do we expect? Usually something other than what we have.
I was thinking this morning, about a friend who is about to bury her brother, after some tragic circumstances, and the sadness of her heart. I was reminded of my own sadness from several years ago while caring for my mother who had Alzheimer’s. Then I couldn’t shed tears—the busyness, stress and demands of being a 24/7 caregiver demanded that the tears wait for another time. For 5 years there was no time to cry. It’s only been in the last few years that the healing tears returned. Whether your tears are stopped up or flowing ceaselessly, God has a word for each of us, whether we are ‘captive’ to grief, sorrow, pain, weariness or confusion!
Psalm 126:4-6, “Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
We often think of tears as a bad thing (especially you guys), but God says that tears are productive—they relieve stress, grief, and help heal wounded hearts. Jeremiah, often called the ‘weeping prophet’, tells us that grief and sorrow are a heavy burden to bear, but there is a ‘balm in Gilead’. Gilead was a real place, which was known for a healing balm that was produced there. Yet this picture goes beyond physical balm, and is also a picture of the healing balm of the power and presence of God.
Jeremiah 8:20-9:1, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. 22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? 9 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might for the slain of the daughter of my people!”
Are you burdened, full of tears that just won’t flow? Have you had so much sorrow and grief that you can’t seem to contain it any more? Well, there is a ‘Balm in Gilead’!!!
Psalm 56:8-13, “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. 10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word. 11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. 12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee. 13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?”
So??? Here’s our shot for today.
God sees and knows your every grief and tear:
He has your tears in a bottle
He writes them in HIS book
He is for you
He delivers and raises up!!
Give HIM your precious tears and rest in His healing balm!!! He will deliver YOU and He will lead YOU into light and life again!!!
and press on.
You don’t have to walk alone.