2013-03-21 - Every Tear
Isa 65:17 For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. (NASB)
I had a very unusual trip home this evening. At times people are brought to my mind and I feel the urgency to pray for them. Tonight was different. The face of a very special friend I haven't seen for thirty years appeared in my mind and the urgency to pray came with it. The difference was I could not remember their name. It was a terrible feeling. The verse above was being reviewed on the radio. The struggle to remember my friend's name continued for miles and I finally decided to pray in absentia asking the Lord to help them, their family and friends through their situation.
The burning in my heart and mind continued. How could I not remember? It was a very sad and bitter thing. Then it hit me - this is what it would be like to remember someone who what not in Heaven in eternity. To know someone special had not chosen Christ and had missed eternity with the Lord Jesus would be sadness and tears.
I am not saying this is the case with my friend. I asked Jesus that if they did not know Him to draw them home. Just as I sat down to write and tried to relaxed to share this experience their name was given back to me. There was relief and praise. It is no wonder at all that God tells us here that the old life will not be remembered. In Revelation we are told that God Himself will wipe away ever tear from our eyes.
It is also no wonder that we are told to pray without ceasing. This world and the people around us - people we care about including other Christians need prayer. Many need Jesus and have never heard or understood clearly how much He loves them.
Lord Jesus - Give us a heart for this world of people You love more than even those who are very dear to us to pray for them and tell them the good news of the gospel when the Holy Spirit has opened their hearts and minds. Amen.
Grace & Peace,