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Monday, September 24, 2012

Tell God Exactly How You Feel

In summary of Job 7:11 it says, “I cannot keep from speaking, I must express my anguish and distress, so I cry out to you.  My bitter soul must complain.”

Bottom Line:
I can't be quiet! I am angry and bitter. I have to speak.

What this means to me:
Often I think that I should not complain to God, he has given me so much.  Part of me is holding back and not being honest with God.  But God already knows what's in my heart.  But this passage from Job tells me that Job felt comfortable enough with God to speak what was on his heart.  I too should not refrain from speaking what’s on my heart to God.  God can handle my emotions.  It’s ok to be honest; tell it all to God, get it off my shoulders.  God completely understands me and my hurts and he won’t be surprised by my emotional state.  So I don’t just need to “grin and bear it,” I can tell God exactly what I feel. It’s in this process that I come to understand more about him and his will for me.  Life was never meant to be easy.  It’s important to note that even though Job questioned God’s actions, he never stopped trusting God.  I know that this life is all a training ground for what he wants to do through me in this life and beyond.  Therefore, I will remember its ok not to restrain my real feelings before him.  I can speak and let God know of my disappointments, bitterness and fears.  I’m going to lay it all out on the table and then know that he will work in my heart for what is best because God can handle it.  Today I will think about those things I may be holding onto, the “gin and bear” it stuff.  I’ll take it to God in prayer.