Revelation 21:4 – “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” NKJV
Most everyone I know has experienced tears in their lifetime. There are tears of joy, tears of pain, tears of gratitude and tears of sorrow to name a few classifications. The first time I find tears mentioned in Scripture is 2 Kings 20:5 where Hezekiah is sick and on his deathbed. Isaiah had just come to him with a word from God that he was to set his house in order for he would die. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, as could be expected praying and weeping before the LORD. Before Isaiah had completely left the King’s abode God sent him back to Hezekiah saying, “…I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you…” The Psalmist in Psalm 56 informs us that God has put our tears in His bottle. In our text verse we read that one day God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Tears are expressions of the soul and reveal the condition of the heart. I have asked people in science and medicine to explain to me what a TEAR is. Chemists will tell you that a tear is a solution of sodium chloride and calcium along with a few other chemicals in an aqueous solution. Physiologist will define tears as a lubricating fluid of the eyeball, secreted by the lachrymal glands and poured over the eyes to keep them from drying out. Some declare that tears are a sign of human weakness and cowardice and that real men or women do not cry. Epicureans say that tears are worthless and useless. They declare that we should live in the now, eating, drinking and being merry for tomorrow all die. Some declare that tears are only imaginary and originate in the head not being real but a figment of the mind.
I believe that tears are an expression and revelation of the soul. I believe they express deep longing of the human heart in a chemical form. Tears are the painting on the canvass of life and quite revealing. In a very real sense they are portraits painted in chemical form of the heart. More important that what tears are is what causes them. Another question could be, “What are tears for?” There are many kinds of tears and all have some importance in life.
- Tears of Physical Pain.
Before most of us are truly conscious of sorrow and the psychological response to trials which produce tears we experience the sensation of physical pain. Pain, especially in children, produce tears.
- Tears of Sorrow.
Probably the most excruciating pain experienced in life is that of sorrow. Sorrow is associated with loss and it could be loss of possessions, health, relationships, or loved one in death.
Of course there are tears of joy as well and those tears are precious! But what is the purpose of tears? Tears will not restore a broken toy for a child or return life to a lifeless loved one. Tears will not take back words spoken in anger. I have talked to many believers who, because of trials and troubles in this life that produced a flood of tears, declare “I’m ready to leave this world behind.” They long for that time and place where tears are wiped away and pain forever removed. Tears cause us to realize our dependence on God. When we realize that we cannot and the pain that causes tears becomes real we look upward to God for help. Tears help us to become empathetic toward others knowing our own pain. I have found that my words offer little comfort in time of sorrow but God’s Spirit brings a calm to the heart that none of my words or tears can provide.
Psalm 126:5-6 gives us a beautiful truth that should bring comfort to our hearts, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Tears are a true expression of the soul. We rejoice with those who rejoice and we weep with those who weep knowing that God is the hope of man.
God bless you as you go through this day!