Do you have times of deep sorrow? Are there times when you find yourself sobbing?
We always rejoice in the Bible statement: The joy of the Lord is your strength. We remind ourselves that “weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning!”
Many television preachers tempt us to seek health, wealth, and happiness.
But most of us know that things can go wrong – and do go wrong.
Sometimes we sit in solitude, and feel sorry for ourselves. And often we have very good reason to be sorry, and so we feel sorry.
I wonder if the Lord ever feels sad.
I’m afraid that sometimes the pleasures that people enjoy can actually make our Heavenly Father sad!
Jesus was “a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” He wept. He suffered as a Man! He looked at Jerusalem with a heavy heart.
How did God feel when His People rejected Him, and sought a human king? “The LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” 1 Samuel 8:7.
At times, Christians can be guilty of “grieving the Spirit.” Thus the warning: “Do not grieve (make sad) the Holy Spirit, by whom you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30.
The next verses give an insight into the kind of things that grieve the Holy Spirit:
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarrelling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in the Messiah.” Ephesians 4:31-32.
Right at the beginning of the Bible God sees the evil wicked thoughts and imaginations of men’s hearts. And it grieved Him so much so that He repented that He had created mankind! Genesis 6:5-6.
The story of Ancient Israel is another example of God’s deep concern. They worshipped false gods. But being forgiving, God delivered them when they cried to Him. It saddened Him when He saw their sorrows: “And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel. Judges 10:15-16.
How does God feel when unborn babies are torn from the womb?
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is an insight into the heart of God’s feelings.
Every day, the father grieves for His lost son. However, when his son returns he “makes merry and is GLAD!”
There is JOY in Heaven when a sinner repents. And I think there must be sadness when the sinner does not repent.
If we can make God happy, then obviously the reverse is true: we can make God sad.
Have you ever been moved to tears by the actions of your children? I’m not talking about them ‘letting you down’ or not doing or being ‘what you wanted them to be’. I’m talking about the kind of sorrow that Isaac and Rebekah felt over their son, Esau. It grieved them when he married heathen wives.
Here’s another example: Jeremiah is known as ‘the weeping prophet’. He prophesies in tears with a heavy heart.
At the call of Jeremiah (Chapter 1) the Lord tells him that the words he will speak shall be God’s own words: “Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.” (Jeremiah 1:9).
And so when Jeremiah speaks with eyes running with tears (14:17), he is speaking from the very heart of God. These are God’s words that He put into the mouth of His prophet..
Next time you find yourself with a broken heart, and tears running down your cheeks, remember you weep because you are made to weep. That is an emotion He gave you at birth. And you are made in His image!
I wonder if it would be untrue to say that He cries when He sees our tears?
One thing we can be sure of – because the Bible says it – one day our Father in Heaven will wipe all tears from our eyes! One day we will feel the hand of God wiping away those tears.