O God … you have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. … In God I trust; I am not afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me? – Psalm 56:9,11
God watches over us. He knows the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7). He also counts our tossings – to and fro – in the middle of a long night and whenever a harsh world tosses us around.
Our days and our deeds matter to God. He cares about our hopes and our fears. He collects our tears in a bottle. (Isn’t that a beautiful, comforting image?) Indeed, you matter to God.
When your sighs are too deep for words, you can trust that God-the-Holy-Spirit is actively interceding for you, helping you pray from the midst of your weakness (Rom 8:26).
When God-the-Son neared the tomb of Lazarus, he knew he was going to raise this dead man in a matter of minutes. Nevertheless – shortest verse in the Bible – he wept (John 11:35). Why? Because, at least in part, God-the-Son was grieved as he stood his beloved children as they grieved.
In Romans 12:15, we’re told to “rejoice with those who rejoice [and] weep with those who weep.” Why? Because that’s the heart of God. He weeps with his children. He puts our tears in his bottle.
With this in mind, knowing God’s heart, I hope you’re able to say with the Psalmist, “In God I trust; I am not afraid. What can a mere mortal do to me?”
There are two important statements of faith there. Did you see them? The first says, “I believe God that is powerful enough to protect me.” The second says, “I trust that God is loving enough to protect me.”
In this broken world, bad things will occasionally and inevitably happen. But faith says, “‘I am not afraid,’ because, after all, what is the worst that the world can do to us?” Answer … Send us to heaven a few days early, into the arms of our Savior.
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who is making
God’s job easier.
(I have fewer hairs on
my head to count.)