As a pastor, I spend a great deal of time reading through the Bible over and over again, yet it never ceases to amaze me just how much God cares for us. You are likely familiar with the oft-quoted text that God even knows the number of hairs on our head (Matthew 10:30), which reveals that He cares about even the most infinitesimal details of our lives!
I’d like to offer you another word of incredible comfort today from the one of David’s psalms:
You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book? (Psalm 56:8 NKJV)
David knew how intimately God cared for him. Before David was crowned king of Israel, he spent years on the run from King Saul, who wanted to kill David because he burned with jealousy over David’s success and popularity. David was comforted in the knowledge that God had kept a detailed list of his years of wanderings. In other words, God kept track of David’s tracks! But that’s not all . . . God tracked David’s tears as well.
The Holy Spirit moved David to offer this lovely image of God collecting his tears in His bottle, a reference to an ancient custom among the Greeks and Romans, who would collect their tears shed for the death of a loved one in a bottle or container of remembrance and then place the bottle in the tomb of the deceased. Clearly, David was greatly encouraged by the knowledge that God cares so much for us that He keeps track of our tears. Christian, if that doesn’t light the fire of your faith, your wood is wet!
You and I have shed our share of tears in this lifetime, have we not?
- Tears of sorrow
- Tears of pain
- Tears of grief
- Tears of frustration
- Tears of joy
- Tears of laughter
- Tears of loneliness
God is not some distant, disconnected deity who is indifferent to the trials and tears of His people. God cares for every one of us, and that includes you! God cares about even the smallest details of your life, and He is with you every step of the way.
I know there are times when it seems like God is distant, heaven is silent, and the weight of the world is pressing down on your shoulders. But remember this: Jesus came into this world and God the Father collected His tears in His bottle also . . . tears that Jesus shed for you.
Regardless of where this finds you today, whether you are shedding tears of joy or tears of pain, God is tracking your tears. He cares so much for you that He took your place on a cruel cross and paid the penalty for your every sin . . . past, present, and still to come. Christ’s cry of unimaginable anguish from the cross—“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”—is your cry of cosmic comfort. You can be utterly and eternally assured that because Jesus was forsaken, you never will be!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!