Devotional: ‘Rachel Weeping for Her Children’ pt 1 of 5

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Jeremiah 31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

There is no pain like the pain of grief. Losing a loved-one can create a void in our hearts that is so great, it can seem overwhelming. This is especially true when it involves the death of a child. I thank God that Tammy and I have been spared of this terrible sorrow; yet, having been in the ministry for a number of years, we have been called upon at various times to comfort those who have. A part of my daily prayers is for God to heal the hearts of those who are hurting.

In today’s passage of scripture, Jeremiah speaks to the grieving mothers of Jerusalem. “Rachel weeping for her children…” the prophet says. Perhaps many of you will remember that Rachel was the wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. We read from scripture:

Genesis 35:17 During her difficult labor, the midwife said to her, “Don’t be afraid, for this is another son for you.” 18 With her last breath-for she was dying-she named him Ben-oni, but his father called him Benjamin. (CSB)

The name ‘Benoni’ means: {son of my sorrow}. Benjamin’s birth was a mixed blessing for Rachel. On the one hand there was great joy of knowing that she was giving birth to yet another child. Yet, on the other hand, there was also great sadness knowing that she would never see her son grow up to be a man.

Jacob did not want his son to have to go through life bearing the burden that he had been the cause of his mother’s death, and so he renamed him – ‘Benjamin’ which means: {son of my right hand}. Jacob wisely turned a time of sadness into gladness.

There a times in live when there is sadness. Yet there are also times when there is gladness. The psalmist said: “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) One day God will wipe away all of our tears.

In closing, consider this passage of comfort found in the New Testament-

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. ESV

Dear friend, your Christian loved one is with the Lord and one day you will see them again. Today may be a day of weeping, but joy will come in the morning.

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