Tears, some good and some not so good.

From my earliest memories of life, I have always been a person who easily cries because of my emotional makeup.  My Children often poke fun at me because I even cry during parts of children’s movies.  It has been said, “I cry at the drop of a hat and I carry my own hat.”

Tears are a part of every persons life.  Some people shed tears easily and some not so easily.  Some people show emotion and some people fight emotion.  In the scripture we find many instances when people shed tears.  The Psalmist writes, “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy,” 126:5.

I wonder “What were the circumstances that lead to the last time you shed a tear?”  For some people it is in a time of death or tragedy that they shed a tear.  For others it is when they see someone abused.  Still yet some people cry freely about everything.

In todays devotion, II Chronicles 33 through the end the book of Ezra we find many reasons God’s people could cry.  They could shed tears because of captivity or they could shed tears because of unfair treatment.

However there is one particular moment that I want you to see.  God’s people have been allowed to return to their land (Ezra1) and they have been given the assignment to rebuilt the temple.  As the foundation is laid the book of Ezra offers the following commentary, “So that the people could not discern the noise of the joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off,” 3:13.  Imagine the scene as God’s people looked at the blessing of a new foundation being laid. Some were excited and some were upset.

The people who were excited were those who looked to the future.  Their tears were of joy.  The people who were upset were the ones who had remembered the first temple and its beauty and they wept looking back.

Question, “Who was right in their tears?”  In a sense they both were.  We should shed tears of joy and thankfulness for what God is doing and is going to do.  But at the same time we should shed tears when we think about all the times we have missed out on the blessings of God because of sin.

However the bottom line is, never look back!  Always deal with your failures and place them at the foot of the cross and move forward shedding tears of joy because you are living in obedience to the cause of Christ.

I wonder, are you facing things that cause tears?  If so, consider the reasons for your tears and then consider what would God have you do.  Crying over the past will not bring success now and in the future.  Put the past where the past belongs, which is in the past and move into the now with tears of joy because we serve a great and awesome God.

I leave you with God’s precious word, “There is a time to tear, and a time to sew,” Ecclesiastes 3:7.  I am believing it is time for you to sow!!!

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