My eyes shed streams of water, because they do not keep Your law. – Psalms 119:136
What makes you cry?
A painful injury? A bruised ego? A loss by your favorite team? How about a lost opportunity due to a personal mistake? Certainly, we have all wept at the loss of someone we love. There are, of course, legitimate (and perhaps even illegitimate) reasons for us to shed a few (or many) tears and we all shed them.
But, when was the last time we wept over the fact that God’s instruction was being ignored by a friend, our country, or ourselves? Could it be that God has not blessed us (or our efforts), because He has not sensed a necessary brokenness among His children? Can we rightly claim to possess the mind of Christ if we do not weep for those things that undoubtedly break His heart?
Instead of asking what makes us cry, perhaps we should be asking how it is possible that we are not.
God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever. – Vance Havner
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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