You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? —Ps 56:8

Surely He… carried our sorrows. —Isaiah 53:4

I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing… —Acts 20:19

So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. —Acts 20:31

Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. —II Timothy 1:4

           God knows your pain! Each tear that has slowly rolled down your cheek has been recorded. God is a God of details. He knows everything and nothing is forgotten by Him… nothing. We struggle with pain and sorrow in this fallen world. BUT… one day “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 7:17; 21:4). Yes! One day this old order of fallen world things will no longer exist.

            Serving the Lord does not come without sorrow (I Peter 2:19). Jesus is our greatest example of this. The King of Glory suffered as the “Man of sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3) — “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me” (Matthew 26:38).   “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:22).

            The Apostle Paul also shed many tears as he served the Lord. He shed tears during severe testing and he shed tears out of concern for believers. Yes, there is sorrow in service. There are tears shed in this fallen, fading way world— “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).  One day this dark world will pass away and there will only be rejoicing. Yes, that day is coming!

            Timothy also shed tears in his service. Paul remembered those tears. But again, most importantly, God knows our pain and He is doing something through it that we cannot fully understand— “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him” (I Corinthians 2:9).   So let us keep our eyes fixed on the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). He will finish what He started!

Dear Father I am so glad to know that You know. I will trust You with my life in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. Yes, so be it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6fA35Ved-Y

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