Psalms 108:11-13 NLT - Have you rejected us, O God? Will you no longer march with our armies? Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless. With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes. Keep Reading...
Have you ever wondered, “Why did God leave me? Why does he not answer me? Where did he go?” These are actually very normal questions spoken from a person living with confusion or pain. Being human means that you will experience moments or seasons of suffering… when life doesn’t make sense. This is part of living in a world that has been thoroughly affected with sin.
In the midst of his suffering, David often voices his desperation to God. He doesn’t sound put together or very religious. He is in pain. He wants answers from God. Words pour out of his mouth. Sometimes, they make sense… other times, they don’t. But that’s how we act and communicate in these times of pain.
God does not scold you for your confusion. He does not wait for you to gather your thoughts. He welcomes you into his arms… with all of your confusion and feelings of rejection. He is not put off by your honest feelings.
There is a difference between voicing your honest feelings to God from a position of belief or a position of unbelief. The child cries and calls out for his father. He doesn’t care about looking or sounding right. But the child expects that his father will answer, protect and provide. It is out of this position that David calls out to God. After voicing his honest emotions, he says, “With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.”
The unbeliever says, “I have been rejected by God, and he will never save me.” This is actually not honesty. It is lying against the character of God.
When you have trouble, do you typically speak out your honest feelings to God, or do you speak them to people?
Practice speaking out to God your current feelings, whether good or bad. Then, follow up with a declaration of your trust in him. This is being genuine and honest before God.
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