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SCRIPTURE: John 11:33, 35-36: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled… Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

OBSERVATION: Jesus’ heart breaks for what breaks ours. Jesus loved Lazarus without a doubt but I think the Jews got it wrong as to why he wept. I think Jesus wept because Mary wept. And even though he knew he could raise Lazarus up from the dead, it pained him to see her in such agony. He shed tears for Lazarus but I believe he wept for Mary.

APPLICATION: When Javin manages to get himself stuck somewhere or hurt in some way (which happens quite a bit considering he is pretty curious and adventurous), even though I know I can soothe him or get him unstuck…there is always a moment of sheer empathy, where I feel his pain. My stomach drops, my heart slows and tears well up in my eyes. It happens every time- even though I know I can fix it and it will be alright, it still happens. There is a moment where I weep for Javin, my heart breaks for him. It’s like I take on a bit of his pain to try and lessen his. I would take it all if I could. And this is what Jesus feels for me. Amazing. And he DID take it all. Even more amazing.

PRAYER:

Lord, You took it all for me. You are next to me weeping when I weep. That amazes me. I am never alone, you are always with me and you weep alongside me. I should be the one weeping for you. You are the one who took on my sin and literally went to the grave and back, just for me. Are there enough words to say thank you? Allow my actions today to thank you and honor you, Lord. Break my heart for what breaks yours so that I can remain a faithful servant to you, Lord. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

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