DO NOT CRY, RISE UP
Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region Scripture reading – Luke 7:11-17
This portion of the Word of God gives an account of a widow who had lost her one and only son. A multitude had gathered from around the town to be with her because her situation attracted so much sympathy. This woman had already lost her husband and her son, the only treasure she had, also died. She had suffered a major and serious loss. However, when Jesus saw the widow when He arrived in the town along with his disciples, He had so much compassion for her and thereby commanded “Do not cry’’. Not that there was something wrong with the grief the widow had endured, but God knew that He was going to do something to take away her tears. This to some extent could not have made sense to the woman considering her major loss.
You could be in a similar situation, weeping because of the losses you have suffered. You may have experienced a broken heart such that you are even in a position where you feel like giving up in life. Some of these situations might have even ruined your peace all together and left you anxious about the future. Through this word, the same God who commanded the widow not to cry is also saying to you ‘Do not cry’. It is not that your situation does not warrant mourning; you are justified in your weeping. However, the Lord has sent me to comfort you. Do not cry! He is about to take away your pain through this word.
The Lord says in Matthew 28:20 ‘‘I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”. The Lord sees the grief and hopeless situations that you go through. He knows about the things that are causing you to mourn and weep in tears, and he wants you to know that He cares. After Jesus had commanded the widow not to cry, he then went up to the widow’s son and touched his coffin and those carrying it stood still. Jesus then said ‘young man arise’, and the dead man sat up, began to talk and Jesus gave him back to his mother. The same applies to you child of God. That which seemed dead to you, that which you thought you had lost for good is coming back to life. Like that young man, your situation is about to sit up. That stagnant situation is about to move. Through this word, the Lord is saying “young man arise” Restoration is taking place and you are getting resurrected.
Your hopes, faith, health, your finances, your spiritual life, are all getting resurrected now. I declare that all those who owe you shall pay you back! That relationship you have been working on letting go of in your heart is getting revived now! The Lord is restoring your marriage. If you have lost your source of income and feeling anxious about the future, I say to you that business is coming back! You are going to be reinstated back to that position! I declare it in the name of Jesus!
God’s ways and your ways are not the same. In Isaiah 55:8: He says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”. It is not a mistake that you have gone through that situation where you have lost everything. Had the widow not lost her son, she would have never known the compassion and the power of God. Hence sometimes God leaves you to go through the painful situations so that you may later experience his compassion over your life. These experiences that you go through in turn attract the power and compassion of God. May you continue experiencing the resurrection power of the companionate Lord in the name of Jesus Christ!