Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk

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This is definitely a mother saying and a southernism, whether meaning to cry literally about spilled milk, or what is the past, water under the bridge, more or less, this saying has a lot to say about some verse from the Word.

And while we desire the sincere milk of the Word, today we are focused more on that God keeps our tears in a bottle. Did you know that? What if our tears fill all kinds of bottles or vases, colored or bejeweled or milky white, like an alabaster box?

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 NLT

If you knew me, you would know that that is one of my favorite stories, Mary of Bethany, her tears and her alabaster box broke to anoint Jesus against the opposition of others, including Judas. He called it a beautiful thing, and she would be remembered forever. Like the perfume, her tears mixed with it, she was at His feet and dried them with her hair. A woman’s hair is like her crowning glory and also authority, as she is submissive to the Lord.

The line from the song about her says, ” You don’t know what’s in this oil, in my alabaster box. ” Oh, sure we know it was an expensive spice or perfume, but what we don’t know is what is in her heart or soul, only that she adores Jesus. While she was called a sinner, we are not told why. Mary of Bethany knew Jesus as a friend of her brother, Lazarus. She saw him raised, and she was serving Him, and was sitting at His feet when her sister wanted her to help. She is not as some mistakenly believe, Mary Magdalene.

We don’t know what her tears were for. I don’t know about yours and you don’t mine. Bu God does, and He has them in a bottle, and has a lot to say about tears. So let’s look at some and be reminded how God views tears, the sincere, heartfelt ones, that allows His love to warm and console the brokenhearted He is so very close to.

I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. Psalm 6:6

For His anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. Psalm 39:12

My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “ Where is your God? ” Psalm 42:3

You fed them with the bread of tears and made them drink the full measure of their tears. Psalm 80:5

My eyes are blinded by my tears. Each day I beg for your help, O LORD; I lift my hands to you for mercy. Psalm 88:9

My eyes shed streams of tears because Your law is not obeyed. Psalm 119:136

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! Psalm 126:5

( In Ramah, figuratively, Rachel weeping for her children. ) Thus says the LORD: “Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the LORD, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. Jeremiah 31:16

…..cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. Malachi 2:13

Jesus wept. John 11:35

For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. Phillipians 3:8

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4

Of course, there are other instances. Jesus wept, about Lazarus, over Jerusalem, and Mary Magdalene on the Resurrection morning, and Peter’s bitter tears of denial. Maybe, we shouldn’t cry over spilled milk, or a past we cannot change, just let God do what He wants to in our lives, and remember our tears are in His bottle.


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