They will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:4
Let’s back up before our foundational verse and take a look at someone in the Bible. It’s Tamar, and her story is so very sad. Used and abused by her brother, the last we see of her is this:
Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornamented robe she was wearing. She put her hand on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went. And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman. 2 Samuel 13:19-20
Life can be heart-wrenching at times. Without even asking, our lives can be torn apart at the hands of another. We didn’t ask for the pain. We didn’t ask to be hurt. And yet there we are, weeping and wondering why me?
Oh, how I wish I had an answer that could say why…but I can say why not. It’s not because you won an unlucky lottery. It’s not because God doesn’t care. It’s not because he thought you could handle it. And it’s definitely not because he loves you less than another who hasn’t been hurt. There is no easy answer. There is evil in this world, and we will run into it. But, and hear me on this, who you are is not about what’s been done to you, but what’s been done for you.
God loves you. You are not the sum of the hurts you’ve experienced. You’re not worth less because of them, or loved less because something happened to you and not someone else. You are a treasure to God, and he weeps with you. And that’s where today’s verse comes in.
The God who holds you in his hand will wipe every tear from you eye, and he’s the same God who sees you as priceless and whole. He weeps with you, and he has collected your tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). He will enfold you in his hands. No more sorrow. No crying. No pain.
He loves you, Beloved. He wants to heal your hurts. He doesn’t wish for you to hide and live a desolate life. He wants to take your pain and stitch it up and give you an abundant life even still. You might not be able to see it now, but please hear his whispers of love to you. Because his words are trustworthy and true.
You are his. And he will make you new.
Lord, help me to feel your presence today. Invade my deepest hurts and begin to heal them. Let me hear your truth and see my worth in you, not in those things that happen to me. Speak love over me today, Lord and catch each tear that falls.
I've always thought Tamar's story was one of the saddest stories in the Bible.ReplyDelete
Susan, your posts are always beautiful and touching. Thanks for sharing!