Grace For The Journey
The Bible says in Psalm 56:8 “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your Book?”
How do you see God? Sadly, far too many of us see Him as some distant deity, a “blind watchmaker,” disengaged from His creation and uninterested in them individually. Yet, the above verse makes it crystal clear that nothing could be further from the truth. Of all the things God can do, He wants us to know he knows our most private hurts and concerns. Now, how is that for Godly compassion?!
How blessed we are to have a God who is not like some cosmic computer that cannot relate to us personally, emotionally, or spiritually. Sure, a cosmic computer could provide us with some incredible information, but it would be completely incapable of connecting with us at a heart level . . . which is the level where we need connection most!
The Bible offers us this wondeul encouragement in Hebrews 4:15-16: “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.”
David knew this truth.
- He knew it when he was facing the giant Goliath;
- He knew it when he was hounded by the ungodly king Saul.
- David also knew God’s compassion when he was confronted by the prophet Nathan.
To be sure, God sent Nathan to rebuke David for his terrible sin with Bathsheba and against her husband. But that conviction did not come without God’s love; in fact, it was God’s compassion, mercy, and grace that would not leave David in his sin, but sent Nathan to prompt David’s repentance and to deliver him from himself.
There is a brief passage in Matthew’s gospel that we might read through quickly and miss its significance.
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:35-36)
Have you ever felt “weary and scattered,” buffeted by circumstances beyond your control, with no shepherd to guide you? And did you perhaps believe that God took no notice . . . or that He was displeased with you and was standing aloof, allowing you to sink beneath the waves of adversity? Look at Matthew’s account again; he observed that Jesus had compassion on the people. The Greek word that the Holy Spirit inspired Matthew to use means far more than that Jesus simply “felt sorry” for them. It describes “a deep, visceral feeling of pity and sorrow;” quite literally, Jesus was so moved by the plight of humanity that He felt it in the pit of His stomach!
An uninterested deity?
A blind watchmaker?
Think about all of the tears you have shed during your life. God has collected every one of them in His bottle. He is keeping a record of every tear in His book, which means your pain is NOT unnoticed and NOT without purpose. Every tear you shed is being used by God in the process of your sanctification – growing you up into Christ. Not a single tear falls to the ground, because your loving heavenly Father is standing by your side, collecting each and every one of them.
In my sanctified imagination, here is what I believe will take place on that great and final day: Jesus will hand you the bottle He collected, filled with all of your tears, and you, like the sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:38, will worship your loving Lord by pouring your bottle of tears out over His nail-scarred feet, knowing that these will be the last tears you will ever shed or see.
Remember, we have been given the promise that Jesus will wipe away every tear from our eyes and there will be no more sorrow or tears (Revelation 21:4), and we will live in a place where there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, and no more death! We will enter into our eternal rest, where Jesus, who is seated on the throne, has made everything new (Revelation 21:5) . . . and that includes YOU!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”