The Holy Spirit gives deep insight into every stormy season in life.
For every suffering, anguish and pain, there is an end point. But whilst the storm is raging don’t waste your tears. I am saying to you, from my personal experience of God, there is a benefit, a blessing locked up in every storm. To suffer without hope, without an expected end, is pure frustration. It is tragic to go through suffering without hope.
Let me highlight some instances when we go through suffering without an expectation of gain; the times when we waste our tears:
- When we harbour resentment and a desire for revenge in our hearts
- When we are bitter, angry, closed up in our pain, causing us to offend others
- When we become critical of everything and everyone; always seeing what is wrong
- When we take on an attitude that paralyse hope; leading to feelings of insecurity, fear, misery, self-pity and inability to trust.
In these states, the devil makes us believe the whole world is talking about us, that we are alone and abandoned. This is a BIG lie. If you believe this, you are wasting your tears.
Turn to God, submit to Him, give yourselve to Him and let your suffering become a source of healing. Our God does not ignore the cries of the afflicted (Psalm 9:12). The Lord stores up our tears in bottles, he notes them down in His ledger; He remembers every pain.
“You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book” Psalm 56:8 (The Message)
We worship and serve a loving and compassionate God. Jeremiah 29:11 forms part of the text in a letter Prophet Jeremiah wrote to Gods people taken into exile in Babylon. It’s one of my favorite Bible verses and I know many of us love it too, but in context it reads:
“This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:10-12
The Lord’s plan is multifaceted and it includes a glorious end of suffering, but there is a waiting time. In this instance it was 70 years. This was part of Gods plan because only Him knows the end from the beginning. His plan is never to harm us but to prosper us. We may not see it or understand it, but by faith we must believe it.
As you wait for the glorious end of your suffering, don’t waste your tears. Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you how to gain from life adversity. Put your palm in His, let Him guide and comfort you in the tough seasons, trust God to bring you out in due season.
Lord, I didn’t choose this suffering but it came/but when it comes (as applicable), I want to gain from it, I want to grow because of it. Therefore I renounce all hatred, all desire of revenge, all bitterness. Teach me how not to waste my tears, but fill my heart with your love that surpasses all evil and hatred. Amen.