The weeping God - Hope 103.2

The weeping God

By David ReayWednesday 30 Nov 2016LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read John 11:33-37

33 When Jesus saw Mary weep and noticed the tears of the Jews who came with her, he was deeply moved and visibly distressed.

34 “Where have you put him?” he asked.

35 “Lord, come and see,” they replied, and at this Jesus himself wept.

36-37 “Look how much he loved him!” remarked the Jews, though some of them asked, “Could he not have kept this man from dying if he could open that blind man’s eyes?” (JBP)

We do not worship a dry-eyed deity. God became human and in doing so shed tears. God became a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. That man of sorrows wept on at least one occasion.

This warns us against a too easy belief in an all-powerful God. Never imagine God reigning over us in splendid heavenly isolation, aloof from the agonies of the world he made. An all-powerful God could easily intervene to wipe away the tears but instead it seems he chooses to limit the exercise of his power. He doesn’t abolish tears but in the person of Jesus sheds tears.

We may wish it were not so, but this is the only God we have to deal with. Not a God who promises to make us happy all the time but a God who promises us his presence whether in happiness or sadness. Not a God who urges us to bury our tears beneath pious praise but a God who weeps with us. Not a God who rebukes us for weeping and preaches sermons about faith to us, but a God who comforts us in our weakness and who knows we are but dust.

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One day, every tear will be wiped away. That day is not yet. Till then, we invite a tear-stained God to weep with us.

David Reay