God Cares Enough to Cry

by Pastor Mark Jordan

In memory of a dear friend and faithful servant of God through Trinity at The Well: A United Methodist Congregation

“Jesus wept.” (John 11:35, NIV)

Jesus wept…the shortest verse in the Bible, but maybe one of the most important. You will find this while reading the preceding text where Jesus raised His friend, Lazarus, from the grave. As the Bible states, Jesus was moved to tears through compassion for His loved ones.

My friends, don’t let the significance of that escape you. Jesus knew what He was going to do for Lazarus in order to glorify God. He did not weep for the man in the grave, but He wept because of the grief experienced by those still in this world. Jesus knew God’s power over death, but He also knows about grief’s power over the living. He didn’t just want to prove that He could conquer death, He wanted to prove that God cared enough to do so.

I know many people are grieving today; in fact, I am as I write this Daily Water, because a friend left this earth way too soon. As friends new and old gathered to grieve this passing, God laid today’s verse on my heart: “Jesus wept.” This reassured me that God not only cares, but was also compassionately moved to tears by the grief experienced in His loved ones. As hard as it might be, I want to recall a promise and maybe, just maybe, help those who grieve know it is never in vain.

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (Psalm 56:8, NLT).

Read that again, please.

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (Psalm 56:8, NLT).

God cares. God cries. God collects…He collects your tears when you weep, and NEVER lets a single one fall in vain.

Ever.

There is a lot of grief in the world. An awful lot. Please know that God cares; He really, really does. Because He cares, He cries when you cry. And when you do, He collects those tears so they don’t fall in vain.

If you need a little hope today, think about what it will be like when God sits down with you to talk about those tears in His bottle. Imagine what it will be like when He is able to offer you the perspective that eluded you for so long. Imagine what it will be like when God shows you the redemption of some of those tears you long shed. And imagine what it will be like when God lets you know about someone who came to Him because of those tears. I imagine you’ll have a great cry together. At that point, though, it won’t be in grief or guilt, but glory. You’ll find His holy tears mixed in with yours, and the comfort realized that you always needed.

Dear Lord, let it be.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for ensuring my tears never fall in vain. I can’t imagine how my grief moves you to tears, and I really can’t imagine what it will be like that day you reveal the redemption that was occurring before I could even conceive of it. I lift this prayer in Jesus’ name, the very One who showed us what it’s like when the Creator cares enough to cry. Amen.

4 thoughts on “God Cares Enough to Cry

  1. ktwalden says:

    Thank you for this powerful encouragement and uplifting post. It was very timely for me as I lost my son earlier this year and am still traveling the grief journey. May God bless you!

  2. What a wonderful article and message of God’s love for us . I thank God that he gave us Jesus to show us the error of our way and redemption of our sins.

  3. Randee Senseney says:

    I really, really needed to read this today. Thank you.

  4. Barbara Davidson says:

    Wonderful message Mark.

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