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TODAY’S MEDITATION – What causes your tears? (Jeremiah 2:11)

What makes you cry says a lot about you. My brother, my sister, what the book of Lamentations teaches us is that Jeremiah is the “weeping prophet” as he stands alone in the depths of emotions, broken by his care for the others, his love for the nation and his devotion to God. Today, many of us cry! What causes your tears, my friend, says a lot about what is important to you. Do you weep because your selfish pride has been wounded or because people around you lead sinful lives and reject the Lord who gave His life for them? Yes, our world is filled with injustice, poverty, wars and rebellion against God… and all these things should move us to tears and action. The same, our churches are filled with hypocrisy, lies, adultery and things so much unpleasing to God… and all these things should move us to tears and action. You see, Jeremiah’s heart was broken because he knew that the selfishness and sinfulness of the people would bring them much suffering and exile. In other words, his heart was broken with those things that break God’s heart. I remember sobbing so much once when a preacher did not turn up to preach in our church for personal reasons, without any notice, which caused the church to have no Sunday service that day… and he told me ‘it does not matter’! Yes, our actions and sometimes our tears speak for us and say whether we are too self-centered or God-centered! My friends, it is not everyone you see within the church, including pastors, who is God-fearing or God-centered! Yes, a God-centered man of God would have put God first, or cared for the people of God before anything personal! Therefore, seek the Spirit of God for discernment always through the Word, as the Spirit will always lead you to the truth and reveal to you what is really within people’s heart: “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11). Yes, today, most of us are only crying over our own situations, mourning over personal suffering or losses. Jeremiah’s tears were sincere and full of compassion. Sorrow does not mean that we lack faith or strength. Jesus Himself felt sorrow and even wept (John 11:35), and once again it was because of people unbelief or lack of faith, not for Himself. My friend, how do you react to the tearing down of our societies and to moral degradation? How do you react when you see our churches drifting people of God away from Him with sermons that are turning believers into miracle runners rather than God-fearing and God-centered people who are seeking the Kingdom first? Yes, this may not be as obvious as an invading enemy army, but the destruction is just as certain. Therefore, as true believers, we should be deeply moved to tears and always kneel down and pray the Lord for His mercy when we see the moral decay that surrounds us and is condemning many around us. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [retweet] [facebook]