Tears In a Bottle

This week, I finished the book that will, for sure, be one of the top books I read in 2023. Perhaps, I’ll write a blog with 20 of the highlighted 184 quotes that resonated with me. But this post is the result of the author quoting Charles Spurgeon.

“A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.”

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this quote, as I have pondered again who this Jesus really is.

He is a God who wept. He is a God who was moved to tears.

And he is a God who wasn’t ashamed of those tears falling down his face. When he cried at the tomb of Lazarus, the crowd remarked, “See how much he loved him!” What sobs must have been choked out, what rivers of water must have spilled from his eyes, and what loud laments must have come from his heart, for the people to have said this about his tears.

These tears mattered so much that John records this scene as part of the story.

His tears matter. And so do ours.

The psalmist told God, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (Psalm 56:8).

Sometimes, it is so easy for me to think that my sorrows and pains are not heavy or deep enough to mention. Or not worthy of the grief they cause, in light of the sufferings others endure.

But sorrows and sufferings in scripture are all heavy, all sad, all worthy of being recorded in God’s book––no matter how small or large each one is. The same should also be true of our own griefs.

There is a day coming when every tear will be wiped away by Jesus. Every, single one. Those things that bring so much anguish to our hearts and cause the water to run from our eyes will all be wiped away by One who wept. We will all have the very fingers of God on our faces.

No weeping no hurt or pain

No suffering You hold me now

You hold me now

No darkness no sick or lame

No hiding You hold me now

You hold me now

“You Hold Me Now”


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