Today’s question comes from Stevie. She writes: “Monday I had a time of doubt and anger and loss of faith. Please tell me you think God “gets” that. Thanks, Craig.”
How do I “know”?
Two reasons. The first is biblical. The second is personal. Let’s start with the biblical.
If you ever wonder if your current thoughts or feelings are okay, just start flipping through the book of Psalms. There, you will find virtually every human emotion expressed to God. Feelings of sadness, lament, joy, anger, and revenge.
One would have to look no further than Psalm 137:9 to see this in action. In Psalm 137, the psalmist laments his people’s time in exile. The psalmist concludes the chapter with these words: “A blessing on the one who seizes your children and smashes them against the rock!”
If God can not only receive those horrifically disturbing and violent words from the psalmist, God can surely handle whatever spiritual and emotional stuff we could ever throw God’s way!
Now on to the second reason: the personal.
When I think in human terms, I know that the most important relationships in my life are the ones in which I can be 100% real. Relationships where I can communicate the good, the bad, and the ugly. Whenever I’m in a relationship and feel that I must sensor myself, that’s a good indicator that the relationship isn’t that strong.
If that logic holds in our relationships with other human beings, I believe that principle translates into our relationship with God. If we try to pretend everything is good when it’s not (i.e. in our prayer life, our devotional time, or our time of worship and celebration), we aren’t fooling anyone. Certainly not God!
So when we can take a risk and poor out our true feelings – no matter how “bad” they may seem – I believe that very act ironically draws us closer into our relationship with/connection to God.
So what about you? What does Stevie’s question raise for you?