Wiping Away All Tears
It was a tough week for our church folks as we had two funerals. Songs were sung and scripture was read and words of comfort were offered at each of the two services. Also, an opportunity was given for family members to come forward and offer words of remembrance of the loved one who had passed away. Many tears were shed by the family members as they were giving their eulogies. After the service was over and everyone went home a gentleman from our church was doing some cleaning in preparation for Sunday’s service. He began to clean our glass pulpit and noted that it was wet with the tears of those who were weeping over their departed loved one. As he wiped away the tears he was reminded of an encouraging verse from God’s Word.
In the book of Revelation God describes a group of people who had died and appeared in the presence of God in heaven. Rev. 7:17 tells us: “For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes". The Bible teaches us that when a believer in Christ passes from this world and appears in heaven, we will have no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, and no more pain, for the former things have passed away (Rev. 21:4).
Earthly sorrows, physical pain, and untimely deaths cause us to shed many tears. The gracious God of heaven sees our tears. He is concerned for what breaks our heart. Even though He is the Almighty Creator of the stars, He is also the God of broken hearts. As Psalm 147:3,4 tells us: “He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
What pain has recently gripped our body? What sorrow has been darkening our pathway? What tears have fallen from our eyes lately? There is coming a wondrous day called the day of “no more”. What a glorious day it will be when we stand before our God and He wipes away all our tears.