Tears in a Bottle

Written by Steve Ballinger. Posted in Devotions

Tears in a Bottle

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”
—Matthew 5:4—

While on the scene of a traffic collision, I noticed a young child being held by a police officer. As I observed this picture, the frightened child began to cry. Her tears were slowly flowing down her smooth cheeks and onto the shoulder of the police officer’s uniform leaving four very noticeable tears.

As I was touched and moved by the scene, I was reminded of words of David, when he said in Psalms 56, that God will gather our tears in His bottle. What a very intimate statement that is. God is so in love with us, and so concerned with you and I, that He sees every one of our tears, gathers them, and bottles them. He can truly sympathize with us. He literally feels our pain. He is indeed our Comforter.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:2-3). John Henry Jowett said it this way, “God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.” God’s comfort is never given to us; it is always loaned. God expects us to share it with others.

As I watched the officer tenderly holding that child, she didn’t appear to say much with her mouth. However, she spoke loudly with her hugging arms, and her shoulder to cry on. This child was filled with sadness, but God, working through this police officer, was bringing comfort.

What about us? Are we extending our arms and our shoulder to those who are hurting, or have we been avoiding such opportunity? Let’s never be afraid to make ourselves available to others, because as we do, we’ll be a comfort and blessing to them, and they’ll be a comfort and blessing to us.

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing”
—1 Thessalonians 5:11—

Be willing to be a comforter,

Chaplain Steve

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