Tears in a bottle


“Doesn’t God see the tears I cry?” A young woman asked me once. “Does He even care?” At that time, I had no idea of how to answer that question and the answer I gave, probably did not give such a question the care needed. At this time, I was not aware of the compassionate and just nature of the God that I professed to know.

I pray that this young woman would read this blog and hear the words I am placing on this page.

Tears are something that happen naturally. We are born with tear ducts which help with the function of our eyes. We can cry tears of joy…or sorrow. I believe that tears are good and necessary. There have been times in my life when I have been so overwhelmed by sorrow that I could not cry. I have had one experience where I was watching a movie and because it was sad, I cried. Suddenly I could not stop crying and the tears kept on coming. When I stopped crying, I felt much better and felt cleansed and refreshed.

Recently, I have had that question come to mind a lot – Does God see our tears?”

Short answer to that is this – Yes.

In Psalms 56:8 it says, “You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book.” (Message Bible)

The NKJV of the bible says it this way “ … put my tears into Your bottle, are they not in Your book?

King David was of the belief that God not only saw our tears, but kept a record of them. God didn’t just see them as they drop to the ground, but that they were stored in a container and recorded.

Just imagine if every tear that you cried in sorrow was stored in a bottle and placed in memorial. That is what David is saying in this Psalm – God knew of the tears that he shed and David was appealing to the just and compassionate nature of God to answer his distress.

But, you ask, does God see the tears of a woman. Does He even care about women? I have had that question asked of me too. Why not? According to one of our biggest writers of the New Testament, a man Paul, said that God does not see the difference between any of us – Galatians 6:23 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

Further on in the bible, it talks about how a husband should treat their wives with respect so that their prayers would be answered. (1 Peter 3:7) Question – if God looks at the way a man treats his wife before answering a prayer, is that not a God who cares about women?

God is a God who cares. He is a just God and takes injustice very seriously. God is compassionate and loving and just. That is God. He is a God who cares very much if we are being treated wrongly.

I love the fact that our God, who sees everyone and everything that happens in a situation (and why). He sees motive and heart.

Yes, God does see our tears and He cares very much. Some may say that I am just speaking platitudes. No, I know this for myself and have experienced this, it is also written in the pages of His Word.

My prayer for you is this. That you will become very aware of the justice, mercy, compassion, and love of our God. I pray that the next time you cry tears of sorrow, pain or heartbreak, that you will look towards God who holds those tears in a bottle of remembrance. Not only does He hear and see, but He will help you if you look to Him for the help you need.

Be blessed.