1998-02-02 - Tell Us How You Really Feel

Isaiah 55:8,9 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways," Declares the Lord. For the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways, And my thoughts than your thoughts."

Judge Richard Jones was recently brought up on judicial misconduct charges in Nebraska. He had signed court papers with names like Adolf Hitler and set bonds for, "a zillion dollars". The last straw, it seems, was when he tossed lighted firecrackers into a fellow judges' office. He expressed himself well when he explained, "I was venting".

Everybody vents, but often when venting we forget that our anger is often misplaced. We fret over circumstances, and allow people to push our buttons, but it is God our Lord and Saviour who has allowed this or that to come into our lives. And He has done this that we might grow in grace. Growing in the grace of our Lord is not always fun. We are the Children of God and sometimes we act and behave, well, like kids (or judges). We must remember that our thoughts are not always God's thoughts, our ways are not always in tune with God's ways, His ways are higher, His ways are better, and it is through His ways only that we shall overcome the world.

The Sovereignty of God: that often maligned and overlooked Truth of Scripture. Psalm 135: 6 "Whatever the Lord pleases, He does. In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps." There is comfort in this verse, because our God is also loving God. See also, Proverbs 8:15, 16, Amos 4:13, 2 Kings 19:27, or a host of other verses if you doubt that God is sovereign in your life. Or should I simply say, "see Bible"?

Hand in hand with God's sovereignty is the blessing of the providence of God working in our lives. Providence can be expressed simply as John Trapp did. He said, "God made meat before mouths," i.e., God planned well. Providence can also be thought of profoundly. In realizing that hind-sight is often clearer than foresight, John Trapp said regarding providence, "Some providences, like Hebrew letters, must be read backwards."

As said above, everybody vents. It would often be wise, before venting, during venting, and after venting, to ask God, "Why did you allow this to happen in my life?", "Why was this door closed?", "Why was this one not opened?" Take it to the Lord in prayer, is not simply a nice chorus in a hymn, it is a truth to take to heart.

"Anger is temporary insanity." C. H. Spurgeon

Soli Deo Gloria,