feels with us as we experience pain in life.
See an in-depth description below.
Black Frame--Width 1.5", Depth 1.125"
Silver Plate--Inscription reads "His Tears
The Pain Remains to Serve His Purpose...But See...He Hurts With You"
Framed as Original Painting with No Glass
The Pain Remains to Serve His Purpose...But See...He Hurts With You
|His Tears by Lynn Yoder
May you be able to grasp the emotion and meaning found in the painting featured here. This painting, entitled, His Tears, is much more than a picture. It was an experience, lived during a time of great pain and emotional heartache. During this time, I became more convinced than ever that God hurts with me in my pain. He may not be changing the painful situation that He has allowed for some divine reason, but He has definitely not forsaken me. The reddish eyes staring out of the background of this painting represent the source of lies that, when believed, cause many negative emotions. Satan and his evil demons want me to believe that I cant make it through the pain; that God doesnt care about me anymore; and that He has forsaken me. They tell me that I can no longer enjoy life unless my circumstances change. By believing these lies, I have helped bring myself to the ground. If I continue to believe these lies, I may be overpowered by the resulting negative emotions. I may prolong my pain and succumb to depression and self-pity. Instead, I must claim the truth that I know about God's love and continually remind myself of His truth when my negative emotions sound the alarm. Yes, I continue to make mistakes in believing lies. I suffer for it. However, I can accept Gods continual forgiveness. I can get up and walk forward in victory and happiness that God has created for me. Though the circumstances may not change completely, I take comfort in knowing that HE hurts with me. I pray that, wherever images of this painting are hung, they would help open the hearts and minds of believers and non-believers to the love of God and to the seriousness of the spiritual war that we face every day.
|Biblical Truth for Difficult Times
(with notes from Lynn Yoder)
Heb. 4:15--For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (NKJV) Jesus is sympathetic to your pain because He experienced pain once Himself. He understands and hurts alongside of you.
Heb. 2:17,18--Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. (NKJV)
Ps. 103:13,14--As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. (NKJV) God pities His children.
Ps. 56:8--You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? (NKJV) This verse indicates that no tear that you shed goes unnoticed by God.
Rom. 8:26--Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (NKJV) The Spirit cares sincerely about your best interests and prays for you.
1 Cor. 12:26,27--And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (NKJV) Born-again believers are the body of Christ. Christ is the head of the body. When one part of your body suffers, your head does as well. I believe that it is the same in the body of Christ.
1 Cor. 10:13--No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJV) God cares about your situation of pain that tempts you to react inappropriately.
Heb. 13:5--Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. (NKJV) God is not distant. He is very aware of what is happening to you.
Luke 12: 6,7-- Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (NKJV) If God keeps track of the birds, then what kind of attention does He give you?
Matt. 25:40--And the King will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me. (NKJV) This passage is placed in the context of Gods future judgement of sin in the world. God incicates that he is on the receiving end when someone mistreats a Christian.
John 17:23--I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (NKJV) Looking at this verse in context, I found that Jesus was praying for you. He wanted the world to know that God loves it just as much as He loves Jesus.
FOR THE NON-BELIEVER
2 Pet. 3:9--The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (NKJV) Many of the verses I have used here speak directly to born-again believers in Christ. God hurts with His children specifically. I chose this verse, however, to specifically address you who are not children of God. How does God feel about you? If you have not repented of your sins, I would like to tell you that God longs for you to come into proper fellowship with Him. Your sin separates you from Him. Long before you had committed any sins, you were born a sinner. We all were. This is why we do bad things that we dont really want to do. But Jesus came to earth to be punished for our sins by dying on a cross. He came back to life again by the power of God and went back to Heaven. He now extends to you an invitation to accept his payment for your sins. By not accepting this, you choose an eternal destiny in Hell. This verse indicates that God suffers long as He continues to offer you a chance to be saved from Hell to enjoy intimacy and love with Him forever. Why would he do this when you deserve to be punished right now? Why would He even put His Son Jesus through such torture for you in the first place? He is a wonderful God of love. Accept Him today and know that He cares for you.
IS GOD OVERWHELMED BY OUR GRIEF?
I believe that God feels pain with us. I do not, however, believe that He is overwhelmed by it. We sometimes feel pain to the point of almost despairing of our faith. It is in times such as these where God often picks us up and gives us extra strength from Him to go forward. God, on the other hand, feels our pain, but He is not overwhelmed by it. He has strength within Himself to deal with the pain of the whole world. Unlike us, His feelings and emotions are not tainted by sin. He cant be drug to the ground. He cannot despair of Himself. He is God.
(Taken from, When God Weeps, by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes)
"Those who consider God's grief as figurative are rightly trying to avoid attributing to him the sins and weaknesses that so often plague human emotions. But these human failings stem from our fallenness, not from the nature of emotions themselves. Nothing but perfectly righteous and honorably expressed feelings come from a holy God." p.246
"As with his contentment, joy, and anger, God's grief as the Bible describes it is a worthy emotion--without weakness, without impurity, without anything uncomely. It never paralyzes him, and it did not lead him sentimentally to ignore justice when seeking the salvation of his creatures." p. 247
A GOD OF EMOTION
(E-mail excerpt by Seth Ramer, PH.D., LCSW-C, Christian Counseling Services of Western MD)
I think that people who do not comprehend that God has emotions do not understand the absolute depth of His love for us. This includes many christians who have had a traumatic experience , & have lost sight of this concept. They need healing in order to get it back.
THE BODY OF CHRIST
(E-mail excerpt by Mark Kardell, a friend who has struggled both physically and emotionally with multiple sclerosis)
1Cor. 12:26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it;
I thought about it - I am a member of the body of Christ. He is the head and obviously a part of Himself. Therefore when I hurt, He hurts. I cannot tell you what a huge difference it made just to know that he hurt WITH me. I was not alone. That was a big deal because even though you all can see that I cannot walk anymore, that is only a fraction of what I feel (suffer). But He not only knows about it, He feels it and hurts with me. And He is not going to be content until that hurting member is fixed (and His fix will not be to cut me off, just as in the physical world, our fix for a hurting thumb is not to cut it off!). His covenant with us will see it through.