Can We Cross the Line?
Can We Cross the Line?
We can absolutely be honest with God. After all He knows how we feel, how our hurts affect us and discourage and frustrate us. Isaiah 49:16 (ESV) 16 Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. There is a point where our honest questions that are directed toward God cross and become an expression of our pride. We must always remember who we are and who we serve and that God is not subordinate to us and to our demands. God cautions us against letting our righteous anger become sin: Psalm 4:4–5 (ESV) 4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. 5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.
When we know God, who He is and stand in a right relationship with Him we will always know where that line is. Beyond that, He loves us, He cherishes us, and we trust Him to do what is best for us in all areas of our life. We must always remember that we live in a fallen world that is caused by the sin that’s in the world. We must trust Him to use these hurtful events that touch our lives for good. Romans 8:28 (ESV) 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. I know that it’s sometimes difficult for us to believe this statement that Paul made to the Romans. But look at what the Romans were going through during that period of time when Paul wrote this. Christians were being persecuted beyond anything that we can imagine in today’s world. It would have been easy for them as they saw their love ones carried off and placed in prison or place in an arena with wild lions to say that God did not know what was going on or that He did not care about them. As they may have said I don’t know how we can possibly continue with this another day or even another hour. Because if they keep carrying off our loved ones there won’t be anyone of us left next week. The truth is that God knew every detail of what was going on with them. Isaiah 63:9 (ESV) 9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. We can make this same statement today in all of our suffering, He suffers. He is with us, right in the midst of the suffering that we are enduring. Suffering with us: helping us, loving us.
After all of Job’s trials and tribulations that had occurred in his life in the final analysis in chapter 42: Job 42:2–6 (ESV) 2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Through all of the adversity that occurred in Job’s life the result was that Job was closer to God in the end than he was in the beginning.
With each adversity that occurs in our life the same should be true. We should be more depending upon His grace and power in our life. Remember how our Lord and Savior was, struggling with His situation in the garden of Gethsemane the night before He was to be crucified. Remember how He prayed that God’s will would be fulfilled, placing His trust in God the Father.
Do you always place your trust in God when adversity is occurring?