How should you respond when God allows you to fall further in pain and sorrow than you ever thought He would? As I have walked through the valley with some of you and as I have heard the stories of persecuted Christians around the world, I have sometimes been shocked at how much heartache God will let us have. So, how should you as a follower of Christ respond? Should you stoically bear it all in silence or let God have it with both barrels?
The psalmist charts the perfect course for us:
“Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.”
Clearly, then, in the most difficult times we must abandon neither faith nor forthrightness. We must not think that crying out, “Why?” is automatically a sign of disbelief in God’s faithfulness. Nor should we believe that the lament, “God, this is NOT FAIR” signals an abandonment of our faith. These and similar convulsions of the heart are but an obedient response to the command to “pour out.” But when we have emptied what is inside of us, we must continue to believe that God is worthy of our trust…that He who did not spare His own Son (Romans 8:32) has not suddenly abandoned us who also call Him, “Father.”
Pour Out But Don’t Trust.
A formula for disillusionment with God.
Trust But Don’t Pour Out.
A recipe for distance from God.
So, when the bottom falls out, tell God that you are not enjoying the fall…
But also tell Him that you know…that you know…that when you stop falling, you will land in His nail-scarred hands.
Pour Out and Trust.
Trust and Pour Out.