Our society nowadays discourages fear, hurt, and anger. The ideal person in this world “has everything together.” We look up to that expectation and make it our goal. But what we’re really trying to be is not human.
Maybe we aspire to this because we want approval of others. Maybe we’re trying to gain recognition in this world, or maybe we’re trying to gain God’s approval.
I’m not going to write about the two former today. As problematic as they are, sadly, a lot of people out there will look up to you if you have “everything together”. Whilst there is much to be said about the former, the latter is a lie.
Satan is the master of planting lies in our heads. What better place to plant lies against God than in the minds of people who are trying to follow God? Lies have also been placed in the minds of people who don’t know God, so that their view of Him is skewed.
If everyone in existence knew right now the truth about God, and could see through all of Satan’s lies about Him, it would revolutionize the planet! There would be tears of joy at discovering who their souls have inwardly yearned for all these years. Just imagine what good it would do if God was not misunderstood!
Well, for those who are trying to gain God’s approval, get ready for a lie to be revealed.
God wants us to show our emotions of fear, hurt, and anger. Let that sink in a moment. God created us; therefore, all these emotions have been created in us for a purpose. Whilst concealing these emotions, which we might see as “faults”, we are really just trying to hide who we really are and are created to be.
If we’ve read any of the Psalms, we know that there is a whole lot of emotion in that. How did David handle the human emotions of anger, fear, sadness, betrayal, hurt? He poured out his heart to God. This is key! We need to know that God does not want us to “perfect” ourselves in front of His eyes by shutting out our God-given emotions. In fact, God loves to hear us cry to Him, vent our anger to Him, or express our fears to Him; not because He enjoys watching pain, but because He cries with us, He is angry at injustice with us, and He knows how we are frightened. He yearns to help us. He loves us so much and doesn’t want us to carry our burdens alone. And we won’t have to carry them alone if we bring them to Him.
We may think that, by hiding our emotions, we have improved ourselves. In reality, it’s simply being unrealistic with ourselves. When we contain our emotions, God still sees them inside us! The only difference is, He’s crying out for us to take the burden to Him. He wants to help, and He won’t force Himself upon us because He is a gentle God.
Remember, if anything, God longs for us to bring our troubles and feelings to Him; not to hide them.
Sarah Tinning – Column: Living With a Positive Mindset
Sarah is a 18-year-old, living in Australia. She loves God, her family, singing, writing songs and novels, and playing guitar. She enjoys meeting up with friends, and just putting a smile on people’s faces; even better, making them laugh! She blogs about books, movies, music, and life at www.foreveraspiringwriter.wordpress.com