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NOT TEARS AGAIN

Revelation 21:4-8

There are many believers who are shedding tears secretly or publicly. These tears are not the tears of joy but tears of sadness, pains, mourning, and ache. There are different reasons why a lot of believers have heavy hearts. Some shed tears for lack they desperately need. Some shed tears because of their depressed children, distant spouses, dashed hopes, deceased loved ones, etc.

Scott Hubbard says, “Sometimes, we cry because life’s sorrows have become chronic, filling our life like unwelcome house guests who just won’t leave. Other times, we cry because some unexpected misery lands like a meteor and carves a crater in our soul. And still other times, we cry and don’t know quite why; the grief evades description and analysis.”

 In 1 Samuel 1:5-8, Hannah was weeping because she was barren.
 In 2 kings 20:1-3, King Hezekiah was weeping because he was told he should prepare for death.
 In Genesis 21:15-17, Hagar and Ishmael were crying because the boy was hungry and his mother thought he would stave to death.
 In John 11:35, Jesus wept because His friend Lazarus died.
 In Luke 7:11-17, the widow from the town of Nain whose only son died and being carried for burial was weeping until Jesus came to her aid.
 Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20).

Sorrow and sighing will flee. Tears will dry up. Grief will lose its grip. In all the cases of sorrow in the passages of scripture above, sorrow gave way to joy. Our prayers this year is that sorrow, heartache, and grief will give way to joy. As Andrew Peterson sings in “After the Last Tear Falls,”
In the end, . . .
We’ll see how the tears that have fallen
Were caught in the palms of the Giver of love and the Lover of all.
And we’ll look back on these tears as old tales.

This is God’s promise to His children at the end, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). We will be able to say with David “You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:8–9).

May God wipe away our tears in Jesus Name.

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