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Daily Devotions – The Emotions of God

 

 

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John 11:32-38 (NIV)

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” 38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.

Ever considered the emotions of God? The Bible is filled with them. Here, Jesus weeps and is “deeply moved”. But Jesus was not grieving death. It was the pain and sorrow of everyone else that made his heart ache. The reality of death was an attack against the power and love of God. The emotions of Jesus speak volumes about who God is. It is not just pain and suffering that brings sadness to God, but the effect those things have on our relationship with God. It is the loss of hope and joy that breaks his heart. Is there something that is breaking your heart? Is it causing you to lose hope or is it stealing joy from you and those around you? We know that God is weeping, too, and like Lazarus, God is working to bring new life.