Reconciliation With God
Our emotional relationship with God is vastly different from our intellect. Often, the Bible describes our feelings using a metaphoric reference — “heart.” All of us have difficulties within our life that harden our hearts to the Lord. Perhaps it was the loss of a loved one or something He allowed that was horrible. Sadly, these things cause us emotional pain which makes trusting God very difficult. Like a poison, these feelings influence our actions and thoughts.
If God were an imperfect human friend, we could possibly “forgive Him.” This is impossible since sin is not part of God’s character. In other words, we cannot forgive someone who has done nothing wrong. Are we more righteous than God? Clearly, the answer to this question is; “NO!” How then can we have a child-like faith when we are hurting?
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.” (Psa. 119:28-30, NIV)
We need to put our emotional pain into perspective. In contrast with the mountain of sin in our lives, this painful situation is microscopic. Next, we need to see things from an eternal perspective. After ten thousand years in eternity with God, how will we view this momentary anguish? Finally, we need to accept that God’s understanding is superior to our own.
How foolish it would be to attempt to fill our own cavities. Even though it hurts — and is often expensive — we must allow the dentist to perform his or her task. Most of us have learned to trust that this medical professional is trying to do what is best for our oral health. Our actions with a dental drill would make the situation far worse. Like trying to remove our own gallbladder, this is not the best action.
Why are we second guessing God as we did before we experienced salvation? This is complete folly. We need to repent again for our lack of trust and faith. If we can overcome this emotional obstacle, the pain that we have endured becomes a victory rather than a defeat.
God wants to see His children overcome these emotional stumbling blocks. Are we willing to allow Him back within our hearts when the pain has been so severe? Harboring these feelings only makes things far worse. Therefore, let us trust again in the Master’s faithfulness so that our intimacy with our loving Father can be restored.
Father, I confess that I have been emotionally distant from You. I want to be completely reconciled with You. I accept that the fault for this condition is completely mine. Please forgive me. Restore my joy in Your salvation. Please help me to overcome this horrible stumbling block that I have created by my lack of trust and faith. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen!