“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Luke 13:34
Jesus had been told by some of the Pharisees to leave Jerusalem, they did want any part of Him. He, then, wept for the city, longing to gather them up and care for them. Even though they did not want Him there, Jesus continued His mission, knowing they would crucify Him.
When people are treated badly by someone or a group, they usually will leave that person and move on to someone else. People know when they are not welcome and do not want to stick around. Very few people are willing to be hated and hurt by someone else continually.
Looking at things as the world does, it makes sense to move on, to forget the person or people you are trying to reach.
This type of attitude is also common among Christians. A believer is treated badly by someone and so they leave that person on his own. They no longer reach out to that person because of the pain being inflicted.
Jesus went to Jerusalem, knowing that they hated Him as a whole. He also knew that they would kill Him the next time He went into Jerusalem. Yet, His hearts desire was to take all of the people of the city under His arm and show them love and care.
His love was greater for them, than their hate was for Him. Jesus knew that He had something that was worth everything to give them. He wanted to give them life, abundant life, despite their not wanting it. Since they did not want what He had for them, Jesus wept over them. He shared His heart’s desire to be with them.
There may be someone or a group of people who treat you badly. Although it is easy to just walk away, it may be that God wants you to continue to reach out to them with His love and compassion.
God wants everyone to know the gospel message and be saved. You may be the only one to reach out to that person. Weep before God for their lost souls and continue to reach out to them. Do not give up on them right away.
I pray today that God will open your eyes to the lost around you; that you will have God’s compassion for the lost; that you will not fear persecution, but trust in God; and that you spread the gospel message to all you meet.
Put on sackcloth, you priests and mourn; wail, you who minister in before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and the drink offerings are withheld from the house of God. Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. Joel 1:13, 15
Destruction of Judah was imminent. The enemy was already closing in on the nation and God was ready to destroy the nation. All of the people had chosen to walk away from God and follow other gods, no longer did the nation follow God. After many warnings, God chose to destroy the nation. Now, Joel is calling all the people to weep, mourn and fast. The destruction would be great, because it would be brought on by God.
Although Judah had been destroyed, and Israel has been restored, there is still a great destruction coming soon. There is a time coming when Jesus will return to end all life on this planet. The planet earth will be destroyed.
When that time comes every person will be divided into one of two groups. One group, who has chosen to follow Jesus, will be changed and brought to heaven for eternal life. The other group, who chose to reject Jesus will be condemned in hell for eternity.
No one knows the day or hour when that will happen, but everyone can be sure it will happen. All the prophecies of Jesus have been fulfilled so far, so that there is no reason to doubt this will not occur also.
As a believer, this news is a bittersweet message. On one side it tells you that you will be going to heaven to live for eternity with God. On the other side it also tells you that billions of people will be destroyed and condemned for eternity.
Take a look around you and notice how many people do not know Jesus as their own personal Lord and Savior. Most likely, it is the majority of people. Even if it is a few, you should be weeping and mourning for those who are lost. Weep and mourn at the destruction that is coming.
Now, because it has not happened yet, go out and tell someone about Jesus. Spread the gospel message to all, so that all may be saved from the coming destruction.
I pray today that God will reveal to you the times you are in; that you will see those who need Jesus; that you will weep for those who need Jesus; and that you will be a witness for Jesus in this world.
The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ” ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.’ ” Ezekiel 28:11-12
God is asking Ezekiel to weep over Tyre. The city had been described in the previous chapters as being one of the best of the best cities in the world. Now God describes it as one of perfection, wisdom and beauty. Everything that a city could want or be, this city was. Yet, they had chosen to reject God and live a life of sin. They promoted dishonest trade and sin, and now God was going to destroy them and wipe them off the face of the earth.
There have been people and nations whom God has raised up for great things. He has given them His favor in every area of their life. Everything that they touch appears to turn to gold. Success is seen in everything they do.
In the process of gaining all that great wisdom and perfection, many have lost one thing that made it all possible. They have lost sight of God and what He desires.
Over time, many great nations have fallen and been destroyed. Some have been completely wiped of the face of the earth, while others have been made very small compared to what they once were. Looking back over their history, one can see how the nation had turned away from God, which led to their downfall and destruction.
Neither nation nor individual is immune to this happening. Over the years there have been many believers who have risen up very high in status and ministry throughout the world, who have chosen a moment of sin over God. Once the choice was made, there have been the consequences and their ministry has crumbled, destroyed forever.
No matter what your position in this life is, high or low, small or great, in Jesus you are in the position of wisdom, beauty, and perfection. God can and will do great things in and through you, if you stay in that position.
Do not allow pride or sin to diminish who God made you to be. Do not put God in a position of saying “you were”. Allow Him to say “you are” in Jesus the sign of perfection, wisdom and beauty.
I pray today that you will be all God made you to be; that you will not allow sin in your life; that you will be filled with God’s perfection, wisdom and beauty; and that God will use you to build His kingdom on this earth.
Because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my inheritance, because you frolic like a heifer threshing grain and neigh like stallions, your mother will be greatly ashamed; she who gave you birth will be disgraced. She will be the least of the nations–a wilderness, a dry land, a desert. Jeremiah 50:11-12
God had used Babylon to punish Israel for the sin of following false gods. In the process of punishing Israel, Babylon rejoiced and was glad at what they were doing. They took great joy in punishing Israel. Since they chose to rejoice in striking Israel, God said they would be disgraced as a nation.
When someone does something wrong, people like to see justice done. The more public the wrong was or the more damaging the wrong was, the more justice that people want to see happen. People love to see the hammer thrown down on the person who has committed a great crime. They rejoice to see it happen.
This type of rejoicing also occurs inside the church. When a person has fallen into some great sin, people cry out for justice and rejoice when it happens. People are quick express their joy at the destruction of someone who has done wrong.
God weeps when there has to be punishment. He does not want to have to punish any person. He only does it because that is what is necessary.
Think about being a parent. Very few parents rejoice at having to punish their child for doing something wrong. It breaks their heart to have to punish at all. In the same way, when punishment has to occur on someone, do not rejoice.
God has infinite love for every person. When punishment occurs, it breaks His heart. Your heart should break in the same way. The person being punished is only having it happen because of some bad choices. You have made bad choices in your own life. Would you want people to rejoice at your punishment?
Jesus came to this world out of love for all. He came to save them, not punish and rejoice over the death of people. Punishment is done as a need, not as a joy.
Seek to redeem people, rather than just punish. Love those who have done wrong and point them in the right direction. Do not just crush them and then rejoice.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for people; that your heart will break as God’s does for the fallen; that you will seek to redeem the lost for God; and that God will use you to restore people to Him.
Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people. Jeremiah 9:1
As the nation of Israel was being thrust into captivity, God was weeping. He was weeping over all those who were slain, even though they were slain because of their sins. The Israelites had refused to follow God and had to pay the consequences of their decision. Even though God was just in doing what He was doing, it broke His heart to see His people have to suffer and get slain.
Seeing a wicked person suffer and pay for his crimes often brings about a lot of rejoicing. Most people are glad to see someone pay for what they have done wrong. This is true whether it is something done wrong directly to the individual or to someone else. People want to see others pay for their crime.
Even many Christians rejoice in seeing someone fall and be punished for crimes done. The more popular and greater the crime, the more the rejoicing in the fall. Many are very quick to pass judgment or demand judgment up on a person. They forget the love that God has for that person. They forget that the person is a lost child of God, whom God wants to save and love.
God does not work that way. He does not rejoice when He has to punish someone or a group of people. His heart is broken with sorrow at what has to be done. Unlike most humans, God does not take great joy in punishing someone for doing something wrong. He has every right to rejoice, because He is holy and perfect, yet, He will weep instead of rejoicing. God wants to save every person, not punish them.
As you are going through this life, there will be people who hurt you very badly. There will also be people you hear about who do very bad crimes, sometimes to someone you know, many times to those you do not know. Watch the news and you will see crimes of many people.
When the person is caught and punished, what are your feelings?
Do you rejoice with the world?
Or do you weep for those who are slain and punished?
Weep with God for those who are lost and slain.
I pray today that you will see people as God sees them; that you will know God’s heart for all people; that you will weep for those who are slain; and that you will be a witness to the world of God’s love for all people.
The Lord, the LORD Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth. But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! “Let us eat and drink,” you say, “for tomorrow we die!” Isaiah 22:12-13
The people of Jerusalem had turned away from God and chosen to follow idols and sin against God. Multiple times God called for them to repent and turn back to Him. Instead of turning back to Him, they continued living their life as if in a great party, not caring. In doing this, it brought on God’s wrath and His call to destroy the city.
People of the world do not know God and live their lives in the moment. They want to eat, drink and be merry, because they know that they will die soon. Enjoyment of life in the moment is the highest priority.
Talking about something that is bad is not anything most people want to do. When believers bring up the idea of sin and not living for God, the world will turn them away, because they are living in sin and don’t want to change. For those in the world, this can be expected.
Believers should show a different picture. When there is sin, a believer should be weeping and repenting of that sin.
The sad part is that many believers try to explain their sin away. They enjoy the sinful pleasures and do not want to change. Each person looks at different sins in different ways. However, in God’s eyes all sin is sin.
If you examine your life and see sin in it, you need to weep before God and repent of those sins. Do not continue on with life as though nothing will happen. A day of judgement is in store for all sin.
Along with personal sin, you must also weep for the sins of others. Sin affects every person in many ways, not just the one doing it.
Do not just ignore sin and party. God is watching, but He is also waiting for you to repent so that He can forgive you and give you true life and joy. The sin of this world is temporary, but the joy of God lasts for eternity.
I pray today that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will weep over the sins of others; that you will seek forgiveness from God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; and that you will live for God.