The Bible gives us many examples of shedding tears and according to Psalm 56:8, “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?” God places our tears in a bottle – stores them in heaven and uses them for a sacrifice.
God not only has our hearts in His hands, but He can also change our hearts however He pleases. It is not a sign of weakness to cry out to God and to trust Him in a crisis, but wise to call upon Him in the day of trouble.
Paul was probably as strong as anyone in the Scripture; yet we read of his many tears in Acts 20:19, “Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:” and again in 31, “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”
2 Corinthians 2:4, “For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.”
Paul was mindful of Timothy’s tears in 2 Timothy 1:4, “Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy.”
We need tears like those of Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, David and Jesus.
We see quite a contrast between Nehemiah and most of us. He prayed all night and asked God to be “attentive.” He wanted God to see his tears. We, too, had better learn to pray for God to be attentive and for His continued blessing. Nehemiah realized that he was part of the sin problem; though he was a very humble and righteous man, he still felt unworthy of God’s blessings.