I have written a lot about tears. I have cried a lot of them. I thank God that He has them in a bottle. Psalm 56:8 And I am more thankful that when the Lord returns He will wipe them away forever. But some of those will have to be tears of joy at just beholding Him in His glory, there won’t be anything sad about meeting Him.
That is true for me and I hope you but not everyone can say that, there will be weeping for the one was pierced, and lost souls well, will be turned away forever, and some will have lost rewards. But I don’t want this to be a sad post, far from it. We know that weeping can turn to joy in the presence of Jesus.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:6
There are several kinds of tears and one kind protects the eye, another releases the pent up stress and emotions. We have all cried both tears of joy and sorrow, with laughter and grief. But as I was working on my December posts about peace, the thought occurred to me that there are tears of peace.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. Psalm 84:6
While the Valley of Baca was real place and there was a pilgrimage, it can be a metaphor or symbol for our lives, that as we travel through it, our tears will become refreshing springs, falling like autumn rains, our tears can clothe us with blessings as well, releasing our most sincere and heartfelt emotions to God, for healing and the balm of Gilead, His Spirit.
When Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, He wept over it. Look at the verse and what He says…How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Luke 19:42
How important are tears, and His peace, a gift, from John 14:27. Jesus wept over Jerusalem as they rejected His peace. Though they will one day weep for Him, the one they pierced, Israel rejected their Messiah. Jeremiah wept over those in captivity, and the psalmist says this…
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers. Psalm 39:12
God cares about our tears, He made them for a reason and He knows hearts. And He also told Jeremiah and Ezekiel not to mourn or weep for certain people, that He had removed His peace from them, now I know that is Old Testament, but look who is our peace, Jesus.
Now, Jesus always speaks His peace to us, He is our peace, Ephesians 2:14. But remember, He told the disciples to shake the dust from their feet, if they spoke peace and were not received. So, if people continue to reject Him, perhaps, He does remove the offer of peace from them. And sometimes, even believers are not receptive, so being enlightened once, if they continue to crucify Him afresh, they may not lose salvation but surely His peace.
So, I was very tenderhearted and cried at many hurts, then I heard someone say not to let the devil see you cry, so I stop crying, for years trying to be a strong Christian, but that was wrong, when I heard a sermon telling me to receive His peace, the hard and harsh words that were spoken over me and in anger, even against me, the enemy attacks against me, melted. So, I am often in prayer now, I’m praying in joy but there are tearful moments, and even now and again a warm tear rolls down my cheek, He is not holding His peace from me. I let the tears of peace roll, and receive the gift of His peace, day by day.
I want you too to receive His peace, we never want it hidden from our sight, Christmas is a wonderful time to consider, both giving and receiving His peace.
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