Go to God

In the midst of the worst trials we experience on this earth, authentic Believers can trust in the fact that God holds us in the palm of His hand (Psalm 18:35). We can cry out to our Lord, even in our distress, resentment and pain, and He will hear and answer our prayers (1 Samuel 1:10). As tears bathe our face, they are also cleansing our soul of the grief.

Tribulation often causes people to curse God, because they feel overwhelming disappointment in His lack of provision in the areas where they are grieving. We have certain unmet expectations, and we feel that God let us down. We allow Satan’s lies to pull us away from the only Being who can ever really help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

When our heart aches, God cares; but He knows our desires are not His best plans for us. He invites us to draw near to His throne and unburden our heart to Him. Any anxiety that plagues our life is important to Him, because He earnestly cares about us (1 Peter 5:7). He is our only true refuge and help in any type of trouble, and He gives us His strength to endure (Psalm 46:1).

We can trust in worldly substitutions, but they never satisfy and they cause addictions. In spite of our negative experiences, we can focus on the eternal rewards, which God has in store for us. He gave us His Word, which is full of prophecy, which was literally fulfilled. This gives us assurance that those prophecies awaiting fulfillment will also unfold exactly like He said they would and we will be blessed.

Prayer:
Father God, as we reflect on Your glory, our looming trial will reduce to trivial concerns. You hear our prayers regardless of the lack of eloquence of our words. You know our heart and delight in our trust in You. We bring our struggles and trials to You and leave them in Your hands, knowing that You will always work out even the most horrific situation for our good, even though it does not feel like it at the time (Romans 8:28). We trust in You alone to meet our needs and to give us showers of blessings throughout the day. Thank you for Your faithfulness in every area of our life.

Thought for the Day:
The trouble with God’s blessings is that we often take them for granted and do not even notice them, because we are too busy worrying.

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The Truth About Anger

Anger is a God-given response to protect us when we feel threatened or insecure. Some people in our life arouse anger in our soul more than others. God advises us to go ahead and be angry, but not to sin in our anger (Ephesians 4:26). Resentment at not being given a choice about what happened in my life turned to anger and bitterness.

Those in authority over me would not listen when I expressed what I wanted and needed, and I felt like I did not matter. I usually kept quiet, rolling with the punches, internalizing my feelings for as long as I could. However, some small slight eventually unleashed all of that pent up emotion.

When I exploded in anger to express my displeasure at what I was being forced to experience, the unsuspecting victim of my outburst looked at me like I had two heads and wondered about my sanity. The eruption was quick. However, my volcanic anger left emotional scars in others, which were as destructive as volcanic lava.

I eventually learned that my pent up anger from unresolved issues in my childhood was added to those current feelings of anger. This caused my emotional outbursts to devastate those around me. My anger over the events of my past increased the expression of my anger over the issues occurring at the moment.

God eventually set me free from the pain of my past by revealing its source. He exposed Satan’s lies, spoken to me during negative experiences, which held me in bondage to fear and insecurity my whole life. Then He revealed His truth to replace those lies. (www.theophostic.com)

Negative emotions are actually red flags. When I first start feeling them, I examine my beliefs and the actions, which cause them. I look for an idol, which God is exposing, or I separate my self-worth from the opinion of others. Now, rather than to allow my negative feelings to pile up inside of me, I quickly repent of my idol or firmly appeal to my authority to consider my feelings.

Prayer:
Father God, You advise us not to allow the issues of this life to trouble our soul. We can bring everything to You and make our requests in prayer. You help us to live in quiet expectation of Your purpose for the trials we experience. Your peace, which transcends all human reasoning, will guard our feelings and thoughts. We lift up our soul to Your safe keeping (Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 25:1).

Thought for the Day:
Attentiveness to our troubled soul can allow us to find peace in our heart by expressing our feelings before they escalate into anger.