As Christians, we should both trust that God is on the throne and weep with those who weep.

God’s Power

All things are under God’s rule and control, and nothing happens without Him causing it or allowing it (Ephesians 1:11).

God reigns over everything, or in other words, God is “sovereign.” The word sovereign is a combination of two words: “sov,” meaning “total;” and “reign,” meaning “control.” Therefore, God has total control.

God’s Passion

God has total control, but He isn’t a tyrant. He is a King who reigns out of lovingkindness.

He is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6).

He is the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3).

He is compassionate (Psalm 103:8).

Sovereignty and Sadness

Many people use the phrase, “God is on the throne,” as a copout so they don’t have to do anything or feel anything. Yes, it’s true, Jesus is on the throne and He will always be, but that isn’t a good excuse to not get involved and to not care (Luke 22:69).

If anybody knows the sovereignty of God it is Jesus, but He still wept.

John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible, and it reads, “Jesus wept.” In this case, Jesus is crying over the death of his dear friend Lazarus.

Luke 19:41-42 reads, “Now as [Jesus] drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.”

Hebrews 5:7 reads, “Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears.”

Jesus knows God’s sovereignty because He is God, but He still wept.

A Call to Repent

One of our callings as Christians is to weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15). We are called to weep with those who weep, not question whether or not the reasons they are weeping are valid.

God has total control and He is also compassionate.

If we have only taken the “God is on the throne approach,” let us repent and weep with those who weep.

If we have only taken the “weep with those who weep approach,” let us repent and trust that God is on the throne.

As Christians, we should both trust that God is on the throne and weep with those who weep.