The Tears Of A Working Pastor

It goes without saying that God’s men face tough times in ministry. Hard working pastors are confronted by grueling circumstances and “no win” situations rather frequently. There are seasons where every decision you make seems to bring increased heart aches. In fact, many times you see things that others don’t. Oh, how it breaks your heart! And I thought that preachers didn’t work? Who would figure?

Samuel’s Example…

Samuel was one of God’s choicest prophets in the Old Testament, and he faced seemingly insurmountable issues numerous times. Imagine having to share those words of judgment to Eli! (1 Samuel 3:11-181 Samuel 3:11-18
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11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. when...: Heb. beginning and ending 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. For I...: or, And I will tell him vile: or, accursed restrained...: Heb. frowned not upon them 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. 15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. 17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. more also: so add thing from: or, word from 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good. every...: Heb. all the things, or, words  

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) What about having to deal with King Saul and his selfish attitude? A verse of Scripture jumped off  of the pages of my King James Bible recently! It was 1 Samuel 15:111 Samuel 15:11
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11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.  

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(1 Samuel 15:111 Samuel 15:11
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11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.  

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) “It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.”  (KJV)

Samuel’s Tears…

Many times the tears we shed are for some reason which is personal to us. In other words, our tears are usually due to something that concerns US! I do not mention that for a testimony against us, but to serve as an illustration of how grieved Samuel was that night!

Samuel was broken over another person’s sin. Yes, the ramifications of Saul’s disobedience would affect Samuel, but I do not think that was in view in Samuel’s mind, nor do I see it implicated in the Scripture we have referenced. Samuel loved Saul and hated to see how he turned out. He was broken over the fact that Saul lost favor with God. 

Think About This…

Samuel’s motivation for tears now raises an obvious, self examining question. What causes us to shed tears as a pastor? Are we only brought to the valley of tears when we are affected personally or our reputation as pastor is in jeopardy? Does it bother us to the point we lose sleep and cry a river’s worth of tears when someone has sinned and will likely bring the chastening hand of God on their lives… even when it will not affect us personally? Something to think about, isn’t it?

A Word Of Encouragement…

Whatever your reason is for shedding tears in the ministry, they will surely be noticed by the Lord! Rest assured that weeping may endure for the night, but JOY does come in the morning! (Psalm 30:5Psalm 30:5
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5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. his anger...: Heb. there is but a moment in his anger for a night: Heb. in the evening joy: Heb. singing  

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) God knows right where you are at and knows what you are facing, feeling, and frustrated about. Pastor, don’t let Satan blow you light out! Even though every step you take seems to cause you excruciating pain, in the spiritual sense, just know that God loves you and will see you through your storm!

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Originally posted 2010-12-02 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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