Apr. 28, 2016

Tears or Tears?

A commentary on Old Testament grief practices:

“Feelings of grief were expressed freely, beginning immediately after a person died. Mourners ripped their clothes, tore out their hair, wore sackcloth instead of ordinary clothes, sprinkled dust and ashes on their heads, and removed all jewelry.”

*Full credit given to Bible Gateway at www.biblegateway.com.

Does God grieve? I think He does. If He does, His grief comes from one source – mankind. In man’s arrogant selfishness, we try to replace God with ego, intellect, reasoning and science.

I took this little quiz on Facebook and what came out was frightening. I have been trying to put a blog together on “God’s Grief.” I must admit – I am His greatest wounder.  I want to think aloud when sorting through the grief I pour out on others that lands in the lap of God.

He wants us to get along. He wants us to love one another. He wants us to show mercy, be gentle, choose kindness, and to put temperance before arguments.

So, after reading the description of Old Testament grief (above) do you think we are the source of God’s tears (crying) or tears (ripping)? Do we make our Heavenly Father want to pull His hair out?

Please remember, God’s grief isn’t based solely on what we do wrong. When we refuse to do what we know is right, He hurts just the same.

Father, forgive me. There have been many times I chose to walk away instead of stand for You. There have been times, Lord, that I have left Your house and Your people in an effort to prove my point when all You wanted me to do was make Yours and then move on in love. Father, forgive the wounds we cause to each other and teach us that the ultimate wound is placed on You. Teach us to love. Teach us to forgive. Teach us to reason with one another. Teach us that disagreements are okay. Frustration separates us. Separation creates the space for hate. Hate festers but love heals. Teach us to come together instead of breaking apart and breaking Your heart. In Christ’s name, Amen.