School of tears!
Verse for Today: Thursday, November 29, 2012
2 Samuel 15:30 – But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot.
The sum total of life is invariably tears and heartaches. Such devastating experiences come to God’s children when they are deprived of their standing in life by unexpected forces, sources and events. Sometimes we are attacked by our enemy directly and at other times the enemy uses our own nearest and dearest people to attack us. At other times tears fill our eyes when the enemy uses our situations to hurt us. But our Lord permits painful events or attacks in our lives so that we will learn valuable lessons from it. Some tears are a result of the consequences of our own past shortcomings and failures. It breaks our hearts when our dearest and nearest ones challenge and intimidate us in life. Families are often the sources of such heartaches and tears as in the case of David. Attacks and intimidation form families often embarrass us over and above the pain it causes. When the enemy uses husbands and wives or parents and children against each other, it causes unbearable agony. In such cases, the seeds of rebellion are planted in human hearts by the enemy to use it against us. At other times, we find that the enemy uses God’s people to fight against each other or against God’s servants. When we are under attack, many of our dear ones join in as co-conspirators and stand with the enemy to fight against us to gain filthy lucre. When we are thus embattled, the tenacious ones among us will fight back and go to any extent to win. The more sensitive and softer souls like David will run away for life, weeping and wearing sack clothes. But as we sink ourselves deep in heartaches, tears and embarrassment and as we run for life rather than fight back, our God comes to comfort us that this is not the end of the rope for us. His promises are still holding fast. He can and will restore us in life with His joy by wiping our tears away and healing our emotional wounds. He understands our painful situation, predicaments and battles. Through it all, our Lord builds us up and teaches us new lessons in trust and faith. He gives us the strength to climb mountains of pain which become mountains of victory and joy.
Dear reader, are you a battered soul today with deep hurt in your heart because of the battles you face from unexpected corners? Have these attacks shattered your confidence and strength in life? You might be asking why you have to go through such painful experiences in life. But you must realize that God has a purpose in allowing you to go through the present painful situation. He will reveal the reasons why He has permitted the present pain in your life. If it is due to your own failures, you must confess it and repent. It might be to make you trust in the Lord and His mighty power alone rather than in your intellect or skills to manage situations. As you go through pain and tears, your Lord comes to comfort you and strengthen you to bear your pain and frustration. He pours oil and vine to heal your emotional wounds. He will teach you lessons in trust and faith to hold on to His promises. David had failures in his life which made him quickly accept this painful situation which was thrust upon him by his son Absalom. But it helped him to search his soul and take responsibility for his son’s rebellion against him. He prayed to the Lord to interfere and restore him. The Lord was out there with David as he climbed the mountain of tears and brought him back with praise in his heart. The Lord restored David, his kingdom and throne which was part of His eternal plan for him. Today He is out there to restore, revive and rebuild His children who are brokenhearted and to heal their wounds with the Balm of Gilead.
Psalms 116:8&9 – For You, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Thought for today
God’s school of tears teaches us humility and brokenness which are strong pillars to rebuild us up.
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