Many children are taught that crying is a sign of weakness. I am so thankful for rarely hearing anyone tell me that shedding tears was a sign of weakness. As Christians, we learn to be accountable stewards of everything God has given us. Then why on earth do we learn to store up tears instead of utilizing this God-given ability to shed them?
The psalmist discovered the comfort of God after shedding tears.
“My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’” — Psalm 42:3
“You have fed them with the bread of tears, and you have made them to drink tears in large measure.” — Psalm 80:5
Strong’s Concordance indicates 697 biblical references to tears, crying or weeping. A long list of biblical characters shed tears—including Abraham, Hannah, King David and Jeremiah.
We even know that “Jesus wept,” according to John 11:35. The followers of Christ certainly were touched by Christ when He wept with the hurting and as He approached His ultimate path toward the cross in the closing days of His early ministry. Christ was the strongest person ever, and yet He allowed tears to stream down His face.
We learn from the New Testament book of 2 Corinthians 1:3-5:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”
In Revelation 21:4 we read that one day God will, “…wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
Be a faithful steward—let the tears of sadness over the world’s lostness, and tears of gladness for the joy that you know in Christ, stream down your face today!