There are so many places in Scripture that jump start my heart. Today, as I was finishing up a Bible Study, I was reminded of one of the sweetest promises in Scripture.
Many years ago, I was struggling deeply in my marriage and my heart was so broken. I had spent time trying to figure out how to fix it and even tried to orchestrate to God how I think He should handle it. Not the smartest thing, I know!
That same year, I begrudgingly went to a Women’s Conference in Shreveport. The conference was going pretty “okayish” for me, but, of course, my mind was elsewhere. On the last day of the conference, the speaker asked us to pray silently, asking God to do a work in us for something that seemed hopeless in our lives. She even asked the ladies that didn’t feel led to pray to leave the dome we were all in (it was huge). That caught my attention.
So, as ladies began to file out, I bent down to pick up my purse but could not bring myself to leave. A sweet friend, sitting next to me with her head bowed, reached for my hand. So, I stayed and immediately, tears began to flow. I knew God had something to say to me, and it would not be easy for me to hear. I sat back in my chair with my eyes closed, held my Bible close to my heart and said, “Okay, Lord, I am listening. Speak to my heart. I need you.”
He immediately began to bring things to my mind that I had not been aware of and of my own things that needed attention. I laid my Bible open on my lap and could hear the tears as they dropped onto it. At the end of my prayer, I remember saying, “Lord, I know this will be hard, but do whatever it takes to bring me closer to you. Give me the strength to walk through it. I opened my eyes expecting to look for a Kleenex to wipe the flood of tears off my Bible before the pages tore. Instead, I was greeted with the promise of what will happen to my tears.
Revelation 21:4-5 “And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’”
You can believe my heart at that moment. He pressed into my heart that what was to come would be difficult and painful, and yes, it was. My marriage ended, and suddenly, I was faced with circumstances and financial struggles that hit hard, but in it, with every tear, I could almost feel my King Jesus wiping them away.
There have been many difficulties since then that my family has faced, and I totally believe we will have more, but GOD…. oh, BUT GOD. He is faithful, He is trustworthy, and He alone will sustain us.
1. Share a promise in God’s Word that has resonated with you and reminded you of His faithfulness.
2. Share with us how God has used Scripture in your life to speak directly to your heart and/or circumstance