I try to just be thankful.
But sometimes I am just overwhelmed.
LIfe happens things go wrong,
- People get sick
- Finances get tight
- Pandemics happen
- Racism happens over and over
- You get denied the job
- You lose the job
- You get tired of homeschooling
- You get tired of being the call that is made when things go wrong.
- You feel underappreciated
- You are tired of being in the house all the time
- You are seeing no results for all the work you have been doing.
- You are not married yet
- You are married and wish you were not
- You are lonely in the new town you moved to
So I cry out to God. I tell him all about my problems.
You know what He can handle hearing about what is going wrong. I mean it is not news to him. He already knows. He is waiting for you to come to lay your burdens at His feet.
As it says
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Honesty is essential for any relationship.
Throughout the Bible we read people being honest with God. It is not a sin to ask a question or cry out.
Psalm 22:1 states My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
I am weary from groaning; all night I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.
How long, O LORD, must I call for help but You do not hear, or cry out to You, "Violence!" but You do not save?
The book of Lamentations in the Bible is a book about the destruction of Jerusalem as well as expressing sorrow for the Jewish people being in captivity. David a man after God's own heart constantly was telling God how he has been done wrong. The book of Habakkuk is discussing how God can be good in the face of all the evil that the prophet is seeing.
Then of course there is the book of Job where a blameless, upright man who feared God loses almost everything and he has questions. Asking the questions is not a sin if we ask with a pure heart ready to listen and obey.
You know what I love?
I love that God is always listening.
To the LORD I cry aloud, and He answers me from His holy hill. Selah
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications
I rest better knowing that as the verses say He hears us and He answers us. Throughout the bible a variety of people have asked God questions. He heard every single question. God is though God He does not need to answer a single question. And He will choose which questions He chooses to answer. God is purposeful. When He chooses to answer a question there is a reason when He chooses not to answer there is a reason.
I am reminded that David asked a lot of questions but he also did a lot of praising before during and after the questions. He praised in the midst of his situation and he trusted. And maybe that is what is to come from the unanswered questions increased faith and trust in God.
Can you believe the above while you are going through the valley?
Can you trust that this is part of His plan while you are walking through the valley?
The promises of God that He is faithful really apply. God is faithful. He will not let go back on His promise. But the promise requires that we learn from Him that we do things the way He says to do things. It is easy to cry out to God but it is essential to take the next steps He tells you to do.