Getting Real Even in Our Pain May 15, 2014

You ever been really angry at someone who has wronged you? They have sinned against you, maybe injured you—either physically or emotionally.

 

You try to forgive because that is the ‘Christian’ thing to do—and so you put a smile on and try to pretend nothing is wrong. You try to get over it, but as much as you try, you just can’t seem to forget it.

 

It hurt. It is still painful.

 

You talk to the person and they blow it off or worse yet, blame you for what happened.

 

What do you do? Psalms, like Psalm 109, teach us that we can come to God even when our feelings are raw and we are in pain. We can be honest and real and express to God what it is we are going through.

 

But also Psalm 109 teaches us to cry out in dependence on God—that we ask for God’s help, that we ask for God to take care of the situation (starts in verse 21).

 

Romans 12:19 states: Don’t try to get revenge for yourselves, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. It is written, Revenge belongs to me; I will pay it back, says the Lord. CEB

 

Instead of trying to take care out it ourselves, instead of trying to stuff our emotions (which then can come back stronger or in the form of depression), instead of trying to pretend that nothing is wrong, we are invited to put the matter into God’s hands, and just as importantly, put ourselves into God’s hands and rely on him for our deliverance.