Wednesday 6th December 2017

“Then the Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken”.  Isaiah 25:8b

Thinking Feet“Wiping away all tears,” is something which is promised several times in the Bible. On this occasion it can be take in two contexts. Firstly, the historical context of the people of Israel longing for a return to prosperity after a devastating series of wars.

Isaiah also has a longer term interpretation around the coming of the Messiah. The time when God will break in and restore the promises with God’s people.

Having said all that, sadness is an inevitable part of human existence. Our faith is not an insurance policy against the realities of sickness, death and human frailty. Neither is sadness a punishment from God, even when we find ourselves asking, “What did I do to deserve this?”

Some of this comes back to that deep joy which we are called to grow inside ourselves. Joy is not about being happiness or ignoring reality. Instead it brings us a deep confidence and strength. We know that God pines with us in our sadness, wipes our tears, and longs for our restoration.

“Lord, I offer to you the sadness within me. Let me feel you holding them. Let me know you are alongside me. Let me also remember that you have planted a joyful confidence deep within me, and to hope in your promises of restoration. Amen”