There are times when most of us would like to hide our true feelings from God. We want to pretend He doesn’t know about the secret bad attitudes we harbor! Who jumps at the chance to talk to God about the bitterness we often hold onto because of how another person has treated us, and the disappointment we feel toward Him for allowing it?
But God knows about these feelings. He sees the innermost part of our hearts. We might as well be honest with Him. If you are frustrated or depressed about your circumstances, tell that to God. He will listen to your complaints.
King David was brutally transparent in the Book of Psalms when he expressed to God the hurts and fears he felt. You can do the same. Talk with Him about your troubles, your anger, your disappointment and your hurt. But remember, David didn’t stop there. After David got it all out on the table, he turned his focus away from his feelings and onto His loving, all-powerful, all-knowing, merciful and just Lord. David asked for God’s help and for God’s will. Then David did something we often forget—he trusted God.
Follow David’s example and watch what happens to your relationship with your Savior. Intimacy occurs in a relationship when there is transparency and trust. It is no different with God.
Your view of God really matters…
What prevents you from being completely honest with God about how you feel? It usually boils down to one of two things:
You don’t trust Him – you struggle to believe He is who He says He is.
You don’t want to trust Him – you would rather do things your way and feel what you want to feel (bitterness and all).
If you fall in the second camp there is nothing we can do to help.
If you are in the first camp, there is hope! Identify the attribute(s) of God you struggle to fully trust and ask Him to help you. We encourage you to find a friend and together read GOD, Who Are You Anyway? by Bill Bright.
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Read God’s Word Today…
Psalm 142:2,3 NLT “I pour out my complaints before Him and tell Him all my troubles. When I am overwhelmed, You alone know the way I should turn.”
Psalm 77:10-12 NLT “And I said, “This is my fate; the Most High has turned His hand against me.” But then I recall all You have done, O Lord; I remember Your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about Your mighty works.”
GOD, because You are Personal I can talk with You about everything and know You better every day.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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