Jeremiah 9:1 “Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.”
A lot of people think God is indifferent to human pain, that he is just up there waiting for people to figure life out. Although a lot of our problems come about from our sin and self reliance he still is compassionate.
Isaiah 30:18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.For the Lord is a God of justice.Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:15-20 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:“In repentance and rest is your salvation,in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’Therefore you will flee!You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’Therefore your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one;at the threat of fiveyou will all flee away,till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,like a banner on a hill.” Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.For the Lord is a God of justice.Blessed are all who wait for him! People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.
The Lord is a God who takes pity on those in pain, whether self imposed or the result of a number of other griefs life brings.
Can you guess the shortest verse in the Bible? “Jesus wept,”- Do you know that Jesus longs to weep with you in your pain if you will let him. He does not always change the hard situations or bring immediate deliverance but he is quick to come near to those who come near to Him.
John 11:1-25 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Then Thomas also known as Didymus said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
Hear the words of the troubled sisters, “Lord if you were only here my brother would have not died”
Key Truth) Do not mistake trials and hardships as a sign of God’s indifference, absence, or lack of concern.
People often utter these days, “Oh if God loved me this would not have happened!” Or “Maybe he is punishing me!” Or “Maybe this hardship shows he does not care or he is not real!”
God is love, but he will not shield us from all the life’s troubles. God wants to use everything to we go through, whether we allow him to use it or not is up to us. He will bless our cooperation and trust.