When I Cry
By Teresa LeNeave
"... He hears the cry of the afflicted" (Job 34:28).
"Many are the affliction of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all" (Ps 34:19).
Death, sickness, brokenness, crisis: all these things happen from time to time, in every life, every family. Christians are not exempt from death. Here on earth there's a 100% mortality rate and one day death will knock on every door.
For those of us who are left here to grieve, there is good news: God walks every step with us. Psalms 23 says, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me. Your rod and your staff comfort me." What a great promise.
When you cry, you aren't left to cry alone. The Bible holds the answer to your comfort. Hebrews 4:12 says, "The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword". The Word cuts through every problem you have. There is nothing so tough that God can't cut through it.
Problems come. It rains on the just and the unjust. When your pain is more than you can bear; when your nights are soaked in tears, you have a Father who listens and responds to the cry of his people. The Word of God can cut through your pain and heal your broken heart.
When you cry, God is there. The Bible says not even one small tiny sparrow falls to the ground that God is not with it. He's with you, too. "Fear not," Jesus asked, "are you not more valuable than many sparrows?"
When you cry, lean on God. Lean on His Word. That's where your strength and soundness comes from.