Revelation 7; Nehemiah 9:38-10:39; Psalm 102
While we have faith that God will guide us and overcome all the difficulties in life in the long run, there are times when we are overwhelmed by all that life throws at us. It’s easy to fall away in those times and seek to solve our problems. We may think that God’s too busy for us right now. Perhaps our problems aren’t big enough for God to care about them. Still, God cares for our every need; perhaps He is waiting for us to call on Him. “A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the Lord. Hear my prayer, O Lord, And let my cry come to You. Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble; Incline Your ear to me; In the day that I call, answer me speedily.” (Psalm 102:1-2) How easy it is to get wrapped up in our troubles and not complain to God. We worry about lacking faith – or worse yet – being seen by others as lacking faith. After all, we claim to walk with God and now we’re complaining about our situation? Those aren’t the actions of people of faith. In reality though, that may just be what a person of faith does. We can all be overwhelmed by circumstances. Troubles come at us from all sides and it seems like God is not around. Crying out to God, even in a complaint, is a recognition that God is still in control. In those situations it’s not a lack of faith when we complain to God; it’s a lack of faith if we try to deal with things ourselves. In the midst of the hurt and anger that would cause us to cry out our complaints to God, He is able to work in us if we allow Him to. In those times, we are more vulnerable, more open and often God can do more in us through our difficulties than He could if everything was going so well that we didn’t need to call out to God. So, yes, there will be times to complain to God. Don’t think of it as a lack of faith. Think of those times and those complaints as opening new doors for God to work in you.
Dear Lord, as I go through troubles in life, please help me to lift my concerns, even my complaints to You. Thank You that You will hear my complaints and still love me. Thank You that when You hear my complaints You will not only deal with the concerns I express but that You will also deal with my inner needs and my relationship with You.