His Vessel of Tears

In John 11:33b, it is recorded that Jesus “groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.” Though He was about to perform the great miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, still He wept at the grave site (2). Luke 19:41 states that when Jesus “approached he saw the city (Jerusalem), He wept (audibly) over it.” Jeremiah, in a time of anguish, cried out, “Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a reservoir of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people” (Jeremiah 9:1, Amplified). Paul wept day and night for the duration of three years. Acts 20:19 says that Paul, in humility, served the people in tears. Isaiah also wept bitterly for God’s people in the “day of trouble” (4).

Why do the Scriptures contain so many verses on the subject of weeping? God notices the tears that are motivated by His love for the sake of truth and puts them in a bottle (5).

Have you ever wondered how believers can learn about such sacred topics, and yet weep so little? Many servants of God are so cold and proper in their presentation of truth. In order to produce results, God’s Word must be pondered over, identified with, and experienced in His unconditional love. We must be constrained by the love of God (1) as we learn to think with God in a disciplined way.

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