Joni Eackson Tada
“Surely he (Jesus the Messiah) took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows…” Isaiah 53:4
Nobody likes to be sad. No Christian welcomes grief. So aren’t you glad that Jesus carried our sorrows when He went to the cross?! But sorrow did not cease with the death and resurrection of Christ. Think of the apostle Paul who confessed to “great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart” over the spiritual lostness of his race. He also described Christ’s apostles as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.” Jesus’ death did not hinder Him from saying, “Blessed are you who weep now.” It did not hinder James from advising us to “grieve, mourn and wail” when we sin. Sorrow and tears, disappointment and grief are written into God’s plan for you and me. To be sure, He lightens and brightens our days with glimpses of paradise; He ladles out foretastes of bliss through a thousand blessings large and small. But they are all just that — glimpses and foretastes. We are not in heaven yet. We are destined to experience earth’s sorrow.
But when tears and sorrow come, we look to Jesus — He bore to the cross the very tears you cry. He blamed no one when He felt the weight of grief and disappointment. He did not shrink from sorrow, nor sink under the burden of sadness. The load was heavy and the way was long, but he persevered. And He gives you power to do the same.
When we grieve and feel deep sorrow, we must look to Jesus who endured a greater grief and sorrow. There’s a reason Jesus says “Blessed are those who mourn” — sorrow forces you and I to identify more deeply with the Savior when He carried His cross. If you are experiencing sorrow, if your tears seem to flow endlessly over a deep disappointment, remember the Savior. He persevered. That means you can, too.
When I grieve, thank You, Lord God, for supporting me with Your presence and consolation. My tears help me to know You better. They drive me into Your comforting arms. Thank You for that.