Are Your Eyes Dry?

I read in a book that "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, it has been tried an found so hard so then it was abandoned." We hear a lot of talk about revival today, I have often wondered, can we have a revival, if we never had a revival? Some churches usually put up signs that say revival, and an evangelist comes, and there is series of meetings, and some people get saved, some rededicate their lives, and all this is good. And we praise God for it. But that is not revival.

Revival, as was the type seen in the Welch revival, is when the conviction of sin is so strong that local bars closed x-rated video parlors dare not open, alcoholics are led by the Spirit of God to repent, and homosexuals and drug addict know that they can be set free in Jesus Christ. This kind of revival is not born out of "twist and shout" Chubby Checker type performances or personal instruction on how to roll in laughter. This kind of revival is born out of the coming down of the glory cloud of God.

This kind of revival is expensive. It does not depend on lighting systems, screaming guitars, electronic drums, synthesizers, keyboards, special effects and speaker systems that cause your ear to bleed in the third row. No, the cost of this kind of revival that proceeds out of the very heart of God is counted by tears of saints who are sick and tired of playing church and observing rampant sin and who have a burden, not for programs but for souls.

We need to shed tears and weep for our families, our church and our nation. Get a vision of them standing in flames and you will shed tears and mourn. get a vision of them in heaven and you will shed a tear of joy. It seems to me that the missing ingredient is tears from a caring heart.

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 " To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:...A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;"

We cannot have a time laughing and dancing without a time of weeping and mourning. When we realize that Jesus Christ is the substitute for you and me on the cross, it should cause your eyes to well up with tears and those tears run down your cheeks like rain. We should be in time of weeping and mourning for a world that is lost in sin and a people whose lives are ruined, and yet who cannot be reached.

Benjamin Beddome wrote:

Did Christ o'er sinners weep, And shall our cheeks be dry? Let floods of penitential grief burst forth from every eyes.

The Son of God in tears, The wondering angels see; be thou astonished o my soul; He sees those tears for thee

He wept that we might weep; Each tears demands a tear: In Heaven alone no sin is found; And there is no weeping there.

But this earth is not Heaven; it is a vale of tears. What, then is the season we no longer weep? What has become of our tears?

  • A CALL TO WEEPING

The Son of God exhorted men to weep. He said, "Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4). Many in our days have the mistaken notion that the Christian life is "a rose-bordered pathway covered with ease," or that Christians should carry a "smile at all times." But this cannot be reconciled with the scripture:

  1. * Ezra prayed and confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God (Ezra 10:1). Surely he must have had a reason to do so.
  2. * Job declared, "My friends scorn me: [but] mine eye poureth out [tears] unto God" (Job 16:20).
  3. * David prayed, "I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. (Psalm 6:6).
  4. * The Psalmist wrote, " My tears have been my meat day and night" and declared, " For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,(Psalm 42:3; 102:9).
  5. * Jeremiah was known as "the weeping prophet." He wrote that the Lord called for "mourning women" Women that were "cunning" in their ability to mourn, that they might wail for the people, that "that our eyes may run down with tears and our eye lids gush out waters" (Jeremiah 9:18). The prophet himself mourns, " . Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! (Jeremiah 9:1). Again he wrote, "Mine eyes do fill with tears" (Lamentations 2:11)
  6. * Isaiah describes the Son of God as "a man of sorrow" who was acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3b). No doubt it was for this reason He was "despised and rejected of men" then, and doubtless for this reason men despise Him in our day. Nevertheless in the day of His flesh, He offered up "prayers, and supplications with strong crying and tears" (Hebrew 5:7a)
  7. * The Apostle Paul declares that from the first day he came into the coast of Asia, he served the Lord with "many tears" and testifies that in the space of three years he "ceased not to warn everyone night and day with tears" (Acts 20:19,31). And he wrote to the corinthians, " For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; (2Corinthians 2:4a).
  8. * Brethren where is the "anguish of the heart"? Have the people of God have nothing for which they ought weep? The saints of God in our day can become angry over sinful deeds committed by wicked men, and they can become politically active, organizing into groups of concerned citizen, writing their congressmen, sending God's money to defeat unholy legislation, and publicly demonstrating against moral wickedness; but who is moved to weep, to wail, and to howl?
  9. THE DEMAND FOR GODLY SORROW

David, who is described in the new testament as a man after God's own heart, tells us the Lord does not desire offerings, but that the "The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." (Psalm 51:17). Yet contrition, or godly sorrow, has no place in modern-day evangelism or worship.

Jesus warned, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:5). Repentance is not merely a change in our manners: it entails godly sorrow. Contrition is an essential element of repentance, and where there is no godly sorrow for sin, there is no repentance. We need to first weep for our won sin.

The apostle Paul wrote, "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." (2 Cor. 7:9,10). Where there is no godly sorrow, there is no repentance.

What has become of our tears? Why is it that the goodness of God evidenced by His providential care, and by His gracious mercy in the forgiveness of sin ---Why is it that such things do not fill our hearts until our eyes overflow?. Should we not weep for ourselves, for our families, for our churches, for our schools and for our nation? Laws cannot change the hearts of men, but the Lord can. Oh, that the hearts of the fathers were turned to their children.

When king Ahasuerus had letters sent to all Persian provinces "to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both old and young, little Children and women, in one day" (Esther 3:13), "And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, [there was] great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes. " (4:3). It may not be until a similar proclamation is made to destroy all Christians that present day believer will turn to the Lord with weeping and lamentation.

Consider the plague of our own heart! It is easier for us to open our purse than it is to bend our knees. It is easier to bow our head than it is to bow our heart. The prophet implored, "Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thin heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God? (Joel 2:17)?

James counsel, "Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. "(James 4:9). "Blessed [are ye] that weep now: for ye shall laugh." but "Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep." (Luke 6:21b, 25b).

What has happened to this generation is that our eyes have become dry. We have lost our tears and we don't know how or where to find them. You can ask the world and they will tell you we need another program. You can ask the government and they will tell you we need more taxes. But, if you ask Jesus, He will tell you that you need a heart transplant. You need a heart like that of Jesus, broken because the sinful state of the world. The only answer is to stand on the rock Christ jesus, put His burden in your heart and then you will know His tears.