No More Tears
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4
When I was growing up, my mom was a leader in Awana's club and led a group of girls. We had an above ground swimming pool at that time, so my mom decided to have the girls in her group come over for a swim party. I wanted to be part of the party as well, but I obviously was not invited. I did not like that I was shunned from the party as I fond of one of the girls who would be attending. What made it even worse is that I was assigned chores to get ready for this event. I was not happy with the chores I had to do for a party I wasn't even invited to. The day of the event came and it was time to get to work and get things ready, but because I was so unhappy, I did not have the fervor I should have had. This is where my trouble started for the day.
I dragged my feet doing my chores, and my attitude was as rotten as a worm-infested apple. I was told to shape up, but it did not do much to change my mind. I was warned about the paddle of correction, but I mocked the idea. Well, needless to say, I came "face to bottom" with the paddle of correction and my attitude quickly and dramatically changed. I got to work and finished my chores in record time. I no longer was mad at not being invited to the party as my backside glowed from the correction I was given. I finished my work just as some of the girls began to show up for the party, and my dad called me into my room.
He sat me on my bed and told me what I had done wrong and hugged me as tears left my eyes. I was still shaken up from my spanking, but my dad wiped my tears away and told me something that cheered me up immediately. He told me that while the party was going on, we were going to go to Whataburger to grab some lunch and hang out a little bit. I soon forgot about my spanking, and I wanted to go to Whataburger more than I wanted to stay at the party. The allure of a Whataburger Jr. was even greater than the allure of seeing my crush. I sucked my tears up as a smile occupied my face, and we got into the truck and headed over to the W. The sorrow and pain was gone, and all I could think about was spending time with my dad and indulging in a burger and fries.
I think of these verses and I look forward to the day when God will wipe all our tears away - the tears that come from the sorrow of sin and the tears we will shed for those who we should have witnessed to but never did. There will be no more sorrow of death or the sorrow of life that is at times filled with pain. Tears from that Judgement Day will be wiped away as the sorrow of old will be past. In its place will be joy and the relief that comes from having our Father comfort us in a way no one else can. The allure of sin will be gone as we will be fully satisfied in Him for all eternity. No more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain. The thought of that should excite us and motivate us to do what it right now as we weigh our decisions in the light of eternity.
Do you look forward to eternity with your Lord and Savior? Do you feel like life is hopeless at times? Do you seek comfort in everything but God? Do you try to fill the void with God or do you desire the things of this world? May we seek comfort and fulfillment from God, and may we live like today will be our last day on earth. I long for the day when sin, death and evil will be vanquished forever. Let's pursue and worship our God now, just as we will do for all eternity.
Stay in the fight!