Jesus Wept

Jesus wept.

This verse is found in John 11:35 (NIV) after Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus, had died. They called on Jesus to come and save him, but He didn’t. He waited four days before going to them.

The sisters were distraught. They had called upon Jesus to save their brother, but He didn’t. He had a better plan that would show His power. He allowed them to suffer so they could see the miracle He was about to do.

When Jesus did show up, he grieved with his friends. He wept with them and felt their anguish. Then, when the time was right, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

When tragedy strikes, we can wonder where God is. We may wonder why He hasn’t shown up or why He’s allowing the hurt. We may question if He’ll ever show up for us in our time of need.

Rest assured, my friend, He will show up and make His presence known. In fact, He’s already gone before us to make a way.

He has a plan and His plan will ultimately prevail. In each and every situation we find ourselves in, He is there, and His plan is playing out. He has compassion for us, cries with us and gathers every single tear that falls from our eyes. He’s beside us as we deal with our trials. His heart hurts with ours.

“Jesus wept” is the shortest sentence in the bible but is so powerful. It shows His loving kindness and compassion; His human side as He weeps with us.

Do you feel alone? Do you feel God has abandoned you? Do you wonder if He hears your cries for help? Is He allowing you to suffer? Know that He hasn’t left you and He never will. Deuteronomy 31:8 assures us that it is the Lord who goes before us. He will be with us; He will not leave us nor forsake us. We are not to be afraid or discouraged. (NIV)

Reach out to Him with your hurt and pain. He waits for you to come to Him. He will weep, grieve, and hurt with you. Just as He had a plan to bring Lazarus back to life, He has a plan to get us through our pain and suffering.

Trust Him.









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