The Bible teaches us that there is a time for everything. There’s even a time to weep – that’s just how the times have been set. We associate crying with weakness but in scripture we see the strongest people weeping.
By no means does crying mean you’re weak, it just means you have a heart. When you’re facing a heartrending situation your best option is to cry out to God and pray. He will direct you and send help to you in answer to your problems. I submit from experience that your genuine tears before God will bring you unexplained peace and comfort.
While it is true that women cry more easily than men, we aren’t about to go into the gender debate. We simply want to address the power of a weeping man as scripture delivers and these are values that women can also successfully employ in their spiritual walk.
One of my favorite verses from Psalms reminds us that when we cry to God, our enemies have no choice but to turn back. Did you also know that God documents all tears?
8 You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book? – Psalm 56:8
5 Powerful Things Recognized By A Weeping Man
1.Tears for help fetch deliverance
In the Bible, several men of courage wept. They seem to have this comprehension: A weeping man is delivered from ALL his troubles. This is well depicted from the following verses: Psalm 34:17, Psalm 107:6, Psalm 107:19.
2. Tears of repentance pave way to salvation
When the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel for committing harlotry with Moabite women and their gods, Israel wept at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. They realized that their sin had separated them from God. They had godly sorrow; the kind that brings repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). Peter, the disciple who wouldn’t hesitate to chop off a person’s ear… the same one that wanted to know how many times he should forgive his offenders before striking (John 18:10, Matthew 18:21), experienced this kind of weeping. He wasn’t a weak man, but upon realizing his deeds against the Savior, he wept bitterly (Matthew 26:75). Are you too macho to break down before the Lord? According to scripture, a broken and contrite heart, God will not despise.
3. Tears of pain convey answered prayer
The great king, David, was one who knew the power of a weeping man. On several occasions he wept. One instance His son Absalom betrays him. In the event of this treason, David escapes to Jerusalem but then more people join in this conspiracy and the threat against his life increases. What does David do? He begins walking toward his place of worship and wept as he went up – as a matter of fact, every man accompanying him followed suit. As if he hadn’t suffered enough, he received more devastating news. Ahithophel who was one of his privy advisers had defected! What’s more, he was in cahoots with Absalom and this was a harsh blow to David.
It is a sad day when you learn that your confidant and most trusted counselor is working against you. Rather than anger, you suffer a deep pain that only tears can somehow ease. Therefore in his weeping, David prayed:
“O Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!” – 2 Samuel 15:31.
Needless to say, David’s prayer was answered. Ahithophel’s advice was turned to stupidity.
4. Tears of personal involvement in God’s assignment convey grace
Earlier we said that weeping isn’t a sign of weakness. Prophet Jeremiah knew as much. Within the his tears, we find promises of hope. Commonly known as the “weeping prophet” due to his desire to have a “fountain of tears” as the means by which he might weep for the slain of his people (Jeremiah 9:1). Although he continuously chastises them, this weeping prophet has deep empathy for his people, unlike other prophets. We read of his surprising confessions of personal sorrow, agony, and rage and discover what it is like to labor in the kingdom of God for forty years only to be confronted with criticism and detestation from the people to whom he has been commissioned to proclaim the Word of God. Jeremiah shows us that a weeping man is personally engaged in the process of his assignment. Amid tears of admissions of pain over the ills of the people, Jeremiah reveals astounding assurances of hope – hope in the possibility of human repentance, planted directly in God’s amazing grace (Jeremiah 31:27-34). Instead of absolute desolation (Jeremiah 4:19-28), in the same wasted land God will now “sow humans and animals,” bringing back to life a place made vacant by human rejection of God (Jeremiah 4:22).
5. Tears of distress are momentary
Weeping never goes on indefinitely. Psalms 30:5 says, “it may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. Sometimes your night may feel like it is too long, but we have an assurance that the Lord will wipe every tear and make all things new (Revelation 21:4-5). Whatever the sorrow, pain or distress, keep reminding yourself that there’s a time for everything and this too shall pass!
*In a future writing perhaps we’ll discuss Nehemiah, the governor that wept over a wall. Until then, shalom!
This post is inspired by The Power of A Weeping Husband.
Copyright © Dee Kyalo 2016