WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.
John 11:33-35 (ESV)
BREAKING THROUGH GRIEF: DOES GOD CARE?
A little girl who hurt her finger, ran to her daddy, who was a preacher engaged in studying. She showed him her finger, but he was so caught up in his studies he just looked at it, and said, “Oh, that will be alright,” and sent her out. She ran to her mother, weeping and crying, and her mother said, “Oh, dear, does it hurt so much?” The little girl said, “No, mommy, it’s just that daddy didn’t even say, ‘Oh’”. That is what she wanted, somebody to say, “Oh” with her.
One of the questions we ask when we are grieving is, “Does God care?” As R. Kent Hughes says, “From ground level it sometimes appears to us that even though we are Christ’s children and we love Him, He does not care about us anymore. At times humanly speaking, our circumstances seem to admit no other interpretation than that. We must be honest and admit that at ground level there are times when it is very difficult to keep believing in the goodness of God.”
In John 11:33, Jesus sees Mary weeping and He too is deeply moved and greatly troubled. John 11:35 may be the easiest verse in the Bible to memorize, “Jesus wept.” We see the humanity of Jesus on display as He has empathy for Mary. Yes, God cares.
Hebrews 4:15 teaches, “We do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are ––yet was without sin.” Jesus is our High Priest and we can be assured that He cares when we grieve. God has also given us the indwelling Holy Spirit as our Comforter.
Thank God for seeing your tears and feeling your tears. Thank Him that one day He will wipe away every tear. Thank Him for the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit to comfort you.