“As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.”

Luke 19:41

 Have you ever felt ashamed of your tears? Perhaps you began to choke up, someone drew near, and then you quickly composed yourself. Half the soldiers who get emotional in my chaplain’s office end up apologizing for their tears… as if weeping equals weakness or is a violation of someone else’s time and space. 

My friends, this world is worthy of our tears! Do we shame the person who is weeping at the site of a loved one’s grave? No! Jesus shed tears over both physical death and the spiritual death that accompany unbelief. He wept as He approached Jerusalem. Rebellion and unbelief are tragic. The everyday and eternal destruction that follows is even more heart-rending. 

If you struggle with depression, tears are not your enemy. They are reflections of our broken world. They are windows into the soul which enable you to see that something is amiss and ask yourself as the psalmist did in Psalm 42, “Why am I downcast?” 

Jesus Himself wept, and He tenderly abides with those who weep. You can trust your Savior with your tears. 




Scripture Focus

Luke 19:41-44

Insight

Give room to your tears and cry out for the Lord to search your heart and carry your grief.

Bible In A Year

  • Nehemiah 5-6
  • Psalm 33
  • Mark 12