Tear Lilies

God is weird. He is often busy trying to grow lilies in my pool of tears instead of eliminating the cause of sadness.

Why does He do this? Doesn’t He care when I hurt?

Since I believe the events of the bible are true, I rehearse the answer I already know.

God cares for me beyond my wildest imaginings!

His sympathy for me determined that His sinless son Jesus would suffer and die on a cross instead of me. (By this sacrifice, “Perfection” provided a way for “imperfection” to have a relationship.) When I agree with God over my sin, ask forgiveness, and accept the death of of Christ as my substitution, my sins no longer keep me from being close to God.

Tears are terribly significant to God. He cried the greatest tears that ever formed! He is not indifferent. He is purposeful. His purpose provides a way for me to come back to Him and a way to grow me into the person He intended me to be in the first place. My suffering does not keep Him from doing this, but my will does.

I am forever in His heart and so are the rest of those who suffer, but He often “purposes” certain “lilies” to grow from my circumstances. Bearing no Latin name or genus species, these “floral wonders”  are more commonly called “strength”, “endurance”, “faith”, “trust”, “hope”, “patience”, “gentleness”, “self-control”, and yes, even “joy”.

What proofs are in the bible that show God ALWAYS in ALL EVENTS ….STILL has my best interests on His heart?

There are many scripture examples.

Over 50 years ago in a radio broadcast in Ecuador, my missionary grandfather, J.D. Clark, shared one unusual biblical example of God’s caring nature and a story.

His text was Exodus 28:29

Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breast piece of decision, as a continual memorial before the Lord.”

My grandfather expounds.

“The late Dr. M. R. DeHaan has a beautiful and encouraging meditation about this little known verse. He said,

‘Aaron was God’s official High Priest on behalf of the Israelites, and was clothed in garments patterned by Jehovah Himself. Among these vestments was a breastplate, a multicolored pouch about 25 centimeters square, carrying, in three rows of four each, the names of the 12 tribes of Israel. It was called ‘the breastplate of judgment’ for it spoke of the coming Messiah’s great love in bearing our judgment for us. This pouch, or breastplate, was suspended by golden chains from the shoulders of the priest so that it covered his heart. Thus the High Priest bore the children of Israel upon his heart continually.

All this was a type of our Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us but is now in Heaven before the Presence of God, His Father. He, too, carries us, His children, continually upon His heart, and ever lives to make intercession for us.

A little girl sat on her mother’s knee hugging her, because she loved her so much. “Mommy,” said the little one, “I wish I could look right into your heart. Do you think I could?”

“I don’t know,” replied the mother, “but you can try to look in through the windows if you wish.” “But where are the windows of your heart?” asked the little girl. “Look into my eyes,” was the reply. As the little one did so, and saw in her mother’s eyes the reflection of herself, she exclaimed, “O Mommy, Mommy, I can see a little girl in your heart, and…and…and it’s me. Mommy, I see myself in your eyes.”  

If we who are children of God could only look into the eyes of the Savior and see His great, loving heart, we would find ourselves there. As Aaron carried the names of the tribes on his heart, so our High Priest carries us in his heart. Yes, we with David can say,…on me He has set His love!! (Psalm 91:14)

Hallelujah!

 

Here are more “proof” verses that reflect the message that our life is visible to God and we are on His heart.

 

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” 2 Chronicles 16:9

“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.” Psalm 33:18

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12

“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;…” Psalm 34:15

“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Cor. 5:21

Does God hear our cries? Yes! AND He not only hears, but He also brings alongside of us, His beloved children, an interpreter—His Spirit who intercedes…

“In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weakness (grief, trial, temptation) ; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words: and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

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