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“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  Death will be no more, grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:4

The book of Revelation was written by John.  He was the youngest of the 12 disciples, brother of James.  At the time of the writing of Revelation he was in exile on the island of Patmos.  He is the only one of the 12 disciples to die a natural death at an old age. He was a disciple under John the Baptist before he became a disciple of Jesus’.  I do not claim to know much about the book of Revelation. I have not studied it, I find it to be a challenge. I do know this though, this chapter is where it all comes true.  This is where the promises are fulfilled. Nothing makes me happier than the thought of God wiping away my tears.

This life is filled with pain, with grief, with death. This life is filled with tears, but God promises to wipe them away.  Not only does He wipe them away, He catches them in a bottle (Psalm 56:8). He knows all of our sorrows. There may be a hurt you haven’t shared with anyone on earth, but God knows it.  Those tears you cried, He caught them in His hand and placed them gently in a bottle. He knows your pain, He will wipe it away.

In a recent message I listened from Andy Stanley, his main point was this:

“You don’t have to understand everything to believe in something.”

I don’t have to understand everything in the Bible to believe in Jesus.  I don’t have to understand everything in the book of Revelation to believe this promise.  I am sure you have probably heard this promise before, it is so often read at funerals and in times of sorrow.  I believe it with all my heart. I’ve cried many tears in this lifetime, I’m sure I’ll cry many more for a myriad of reasons.  I know God’s got a bottle with my name on it in heaven filled with those tears. I know He will one day wipe them all away, there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more grief, no more death.  I believe it with all my heart even though I don’t necessarily understand everything.

He’ll do the same for you, don’t let what you don’t understand keep you from believing the promises He makes.

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