This is Celia C. Tillman bringing you greetings and encouragement from the Honey-Comb of Praises. Our lesson for this month is WHY DO WE WEEP? Many of us weep, however, because we have become sorrowful over a tragedy, for example, the death of a love one or even we weep (cry) when we are happy (tears of joy), or when we are angry. Sometimes, many of us let our emotions get the best of us, when we see and hear of unpleasant things that mankind inflict upon others.
We often listen to the radio or see on the news where crime is on the rise. Ladies, men have become so corrupt that they break into house, and even kill to satisfy the lust that rage within them. The innocents are being killed or exploited for personal gain, sex trafficking and the distribution of illegal drugs have become a way of life for some, and those that use it have no guilt or remorse.
Many in our country have lost the respect for God; have turned a deaf ear to His divine precepts. However, many of us, who are righteous, weep for the return of leaders who once possessed integrity but now are in opposition to what is right. We not only find those leaders in our society absent of God’s truth but those in the Church have compromised it just to find favor with the world. The Bible teaches that “those that find friendship with the world is enmity (hatred) toward God, and those that will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God,” James 4:4. However, these same leader have become, indifferent to the teachings of Christ and have forgotten who gave them the breath of life, (Genesis 2:7), and who is the author of eternal life of all who obey him, (Hebrews 5:8-9).
During the time of Noah, man had become so wicked, and his heart (mind) was evil continually, meaning that man kept on being in opposition toward God, that it repented Him that he had made man, (Genesis 6:5-6). Noah preached 120 years to the people, and God decided enough is enough, and he destroyed the world; only eight souls were saved, Noah and his family. Read Genesis, chapters (6-9).
My Christian Ladies and Friends, generations after generations men have ignored the teachings of God; he has chosen prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah to warn his people of their evil ways. Jeremiah is known by many scholars as the “weeping prophet,” because of the trials he encountered, as being God’s spokesman. Jeremiah said, “Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I may ‘weep’ day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Oh I wish I could go into the wilderness and find a hiding place from all of them, because they are adulterers; treacherous men,” (Jeremiah 9:1-2). Jeremiah was crushed (hurt) over their behavior toward God, (Jeremiah 8:21). For example, when our children have been disobedient we chastise
Them, but if they continue to be defiant, then we must use the rod of correction. The wise man Solomon said, “He that spareth his rod hated his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes, (early),” (Proverbs 13:24). We must not hate to discipline our children even if we have to use a much sterner disciplinary method. However, if we don’t, we will hate not doing so in the later years, and our lives will be a fountain of tears. We as parents should never hate to discipline our children because it for their good. The Lord even chastise us as Christians (love for us), Hebrews 12:6.
Rachel, one of the wives of Jacob, and the ancestor of the nation of Israel, is portrayed as weeping bitterly over the devastation of her children’s sins, and God allowing them to be captured by the Babylonians. However, hope is being offered by God, and he tells her, “Stop your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears: for your work shall be rewarded, and they shall come again from the land of the enemy,” (Jeremiah 31:15-16).
Ladies, in our deepest sorrow or grief, God is aware of our tears, and he will comfort us in all our trials and distress because “He is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble, (Psalm 46:1).
Ladies, how would you feel, if someone hunted you day and night, just to take your young son from you? Would you run away, or seek help? It is not recorded whether Mary and Joseph shed tears over the news of King Herod killing all the male children, from two years old and under. However, Joseph was obedient when the Lord told him to go and take the young child; his mother to the land of Israel because Herod was dead, (Matthew 2:20). This same Jesus, as Isaiah prophesized, “He will swallow up death in victory; the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it,” ((Isaiah 25:8).
When will all the weeping cease in this world? It will cease when men realize that they are powerless without God, and nothing works successfully when we think we are running things. The downfall of the world, whether it is broken up into nations, countries, cities and towns, they are all made up of people who want to do it their way and not God’s way.
Many of us blame society for the downfall and failure of our children but could it be us as parents, who are responsible? We have become blinded in our own eyes of what we want; not what is best for our children. Our children go without nurture (training), because we have become more distracted by technology, and it has become a way of life for some of us. We let our children play video games unsupervised, of which some of these games are not for children, (for adult viewing only). The busier we are in the accumulation of wealth, the more we neglect our children. Some of us work two and three jobs just to acquire the biggest house, according to society’s standards, even if we can’t afford it. We have let society dictate to us of how we should manage our homes instead of consulting with the word of God, read (Ephesians 6:1-24).
- Name at least three reasons why one will weep or cry. Explain
- Would you say that all weeping are justifiable? Explain
- Why do men kill and steal? Explain
- Who have men lost respect for? Explain
- Why do the righteous weep? Explain
- Who are those who compromise the TRUTH of God? Explain
- Give the scripture in the lesson that it grieved the Lord that he had made man. Explain
- Who was known as the weeping prophet and why did he weep? (b) Give scripture.
- Name the woman who wept over her children and why? Explain
- True or False: God didn’t offer hope to the captive.
- True or False: God is aware of our grief and struggles.
- True or False: Herod was kind and there was no deceitfulness found in him.
- True or False: Jesus was victorious over death.
- True or False: Many of our children go un-nurtured or neglected.
- True or False: There are some parents who only care about themselves.