What was the first thing that came to your mind when you read the word “wiper”? I thought of windshield wipers because I need new ones for the front windshield of my car. Since I live inSouthern California, I use them infrequently. Now that the first storm of fall is on its way, I figured I should test them. Sure enough, I found they are not ready to do their job. The heat and sun has dried out the rubber blades; the left wiper leaves unsightly streaks, and the right one talks to me as 3 inches of the tip drags loose from the arm. If I don’t get them replaced, I’m going to have a tough time seeing during the next rainy commute.

           Good wipers can be reminders of one special thing about God. Isaiah 25:8 says, “And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces” (NKJ). He’s never worn out by the heat of our issues, He’s not out of practice from infrequent use, and He doesn’t half-way do things in our lives. God is the ultimate clear-er of our rainy day vicissitudes. The Hebrew word for “wipe” used here is “machah” which can also mean “reach to, smooth, blot out, erase, destroy.” When we cry, God is there reaching out to smooth our rough times, blot out our tears, and erase our heartaches. He can destroy the roots of our sorrows with His peace that “surpasses all understanding,” a peace that “will guard (our) hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7 (NKJ).

          Without God wiping our tears, it’s tough to see clearly when we’re engulfed in sadness. Let God operate as the wiper of your tears today. Trust me; there will be no streaks.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.



~ by sanewriter on October 4, 2011.

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