Those words, sometimes, can be the most difficult to believe.
Recently, my life has been made out to seem that the whole world is against me. Nothing was going smoothly, mistakes were made, consequences were had, and nothing seemed to be in my favor. I was overwhelmed and tired and broken and full of anger, at myself and at God. I feel like people gasp a little when someone would say, “I’m angry at God”. But anger is a human emotion and God has made us a people of emotion. So, when you’re going through life and something slaps you in the face, God doesn’t expect us to thank the hand that slapped us every time. We get angry. We get sad. We get lonely. And IT’S OK. God accepts that. God welcomes that.
Lamentations 3:55-56 says…
“I called on Your name, Yahweh, from the depths of the pit.
You hear my plea: Do not ignore my cry for relief.
You come near when I call on You; you say: ‘Do not be afraid.’”
I mean praise JESUS because that is some good news. Our God cares about the condition of our hearts and our emotions that we feel. He implores us to “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).
If you have bought into the lie that Christians are supposed to be perfect and be overflowing with joy all the time, you are putting too many expectations on yourself. Christians are no different than any other human on this planet. The only thing that separates Christians from non-believers is Jesus. That’s it. We have emotions, we are going to screw up just like the next person will. So, don’t think of yourself any less a follower of Christ or just a decent person in general if you do mess up or get angry when life gets tough.
While it is ok to have emotions and bring those feelings to the Lord, as he wants you to, we should have a heart change when we experience the Lord. I’m not saying you will pray one time after a hard break-up and BOOP you’re all fixed up. I mean, it took me over 2 weeks to get over my messy life. It’s a process and it’s different for everyone, but know there will be revival and restoration in your life through Jesus. Just be faithful.
Because one day you could be feeling like “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” (Psalm 42:5a). So, remind yourself to “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation, and my God.” (Psalm 42:5b).
Last week, while still in the “funk”, I was scheduled to sing for my college ministry. If I’m being completely honest, I was not in the best mindset to lead a couple hundred college students in worship. But, despite my feelings, I still went on stage and sang to my King and something beautiful happened. During those songs, as I sang of the greatness of our God and how he is never-changing, I became overjoyed in the Lord again and encouraged by the sight of college students praising their heart out to Jesus, reminding me I am never in this alone.
The pastor of a church called Grace City Church once said, “God loves you enough to meet you where you are, but loves you too much to keep you there”. That is some powerful stuff. When trials do come, bring your troubles to the Lord and be expectant of Him to lead you out of your situation.
Lord, even though it really sucked going through everything I did for the past couple of weeks, I thank You that You have given me this platform so I can relate to fellow believers and encourage them to continue pressing into You. I pray You will remind those that are weary and troubled that You are never far from them and You welcome them, with open arms, just as they are.