It would be nice to say all people looked to God as the comforter who wipes away all tears before the tears even begin to flow, but the reality of the matter is a lot people treat God like bad windshield wipers on a rainy day … you don’t think about them until you need them! And by the time you think of them – it may be too late!
Being the God of all comfort in the face of tears isn’t a unique New Testament concept (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 2 Kings 20:5, Isaiah 25:8, Jeremiah 31:16-17). But then again, neither is God’s warning about waiting to come him until the tears begin (2 Chronicles 36:15-17, Lamentations 2:17-18, Hebrews 12:14-17). Crocodile and consequential tears do not invoke on-demand comfort. Seeking the Lord while he may be found is a serious matter (2 Chronicles 15:1-4, Isaiah 55:6-11, Acts 2:22-40)!
The cross was prepared for us before the foundations of the Earth were spoken into existence (Ephesians 1:3-6), so I don’t think it’s out-of-line to say that we should prepare hearts to depend upon God before grief visits our days. If we devote ourselves to this end, the rain won’t catch us unprepared.
Being prepared for troubles doesn’t keep sorrow from us – preparation simply means our voice will quickly be recognized as one who trusts in sunshine and rain (Hebrews 11:7).
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42:1-5 NKJV)