Being Honest with God
Is it okay to tell God how we’re really feeling? Scared, frustrated, angry, disappointed, confused. Yes? How about when those emotions are directed at Him? Can we be completely naked before Him with our emotions and not be guilty of heresy?
I’m of the opinion that we can, that God is a big enough God to handle our emotions.
Read the psalms. Read Moses’ story, or Jeremiah’s . . . or Job’s. These men confronted God head-on with their feelings about how life was turning out. That’s one of the things I love so much about the Bible, it doesn’t sugar-coat anything. It’s raw. It’s gritty. It’s real. Real people struggling with real issues in a real world.
Psalm 88 captures this beautifully. The psalmist asks some tough questions of God. LORD, why do You cast off my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me? David asks a similar question elsewhere: My God, why have you forsaken me?
Is God obligated to answer our questions of Him? To give us a reason why things have materialized as they have? Of course not. But I believe He takes them to heart. He cares about how we’re feeling, what we’re struggling with, the issues and concerns we wrestle with, the doubts, fears, worries. He cares about it all. And He wants us to tell Him about it.
And you know what I’ve found (and Moses and Jeremiah and Job and many others have found as well)? That in the wrestling with God we find an answer–that He is sovereign, that He loves us beyond measure, that He is faithfully beside us, and that He works all things for His purpose and our good–and that answer steadies our resolve and strengthens our faith.
And really, that’s the only answer I need, isn’t it?