The Power of Tears

The Church

In his retirement, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. Jefferson trusted that students would take their studies seriously, but once the misbehavior of the students led to a riot in which professors who tried to restore order were attacked.

The following day a meeting was held between the university’s board, of which Jefferson was a member, and defiant students. Jefferson began by saying, “This is one of the most painful events of my life,” suddenly he was overcome by emotion, and burst into tears. Another board member asked the rioters to come forward and give their names. Nearly everyone did. Later, one of them said, “It was not Mr Jefferson’s words, but his tears.”

Just like the student was moved by Jefferson’s brokenness, so is God by ours.

The reason David was led by God to such deep and full experiences was that he shed tears. The many tears that he shed reveal the many sufferings and adversities that he bore. David became David because of his tears.

“Jesus wept” (John 11:35) is the shortest verse in the Bible. It happened when Jesus was told by Mary and Martha of the death of their brother Lazarus of Bethany.

Even Jesus, in all his perfectness and holiness, also cried.

The next time you feel the tears coming, do not be ashamed. We can call God on speed-dial and He will always answer, and He will show us great and amazing things that we could never dream of. (Jeremiah 33:3)

Warm regards

Joshua Lee


Trusting God

Dear Church

Trusting God is simply believing that He loves you and knowing He is good, He has the power to help you, and He wants to help you.

Christians are called believers, but many times, we are more like unbelieving believers. We trust our friends, the bank, the stock market or the government more than we trust God and His Word.

In John 15:5, Jesus says that apart from Him, we can do nothing. We need to lean on Him for help with everything in our lives. Mendelssohn once visited the cathedral at Fribourg, and having heard the great organ, went into the organ loft and asked to be allowed to play it. The old organist, in jealousy for his instrument, at first refused, but was afterward prevailed on to allow the great German composer to try the colossal “thunderer” of the cathedral. After standing by in an ecstasy of delight and amazement for a few moments, he suddenly laid his hands on the shoulders of the musician and exclaimed: “Who are you? What is your name?”

“Mendelssohn,” replied the player.

“And can it be that I had so nearly refused to let Mendelssohn touch this organ!”

Christians often refuse to let God have His way in their life because they are afraid of the outcome. Little do they know that if they would let God do as He sees fit the outcome would be much greater than anything they could dream of.

Let’s trust Him.

Yours faithfully

Joshua Lee