1 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4; Psalm 44; 1 Timothy 2

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How does the God who is worthy of Bronze sculptures and Gold Furnishings allow the sons of Korah to question His intentions so blatantly?

“Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and oppression?”

Psalms‬ ‭44:23-24‬ ‭NIV

The boldness of the sons of Korah in Psalm 44 is amazing to me. Have you ever been as honest with God as the sons of Korah? There was one time in particular where I strongly questioned God and His intentions in my life. My heart was broken, I was confused and felt extremely alone. I thought I had heard Him so clearly telling me to continue walking in a specific direction. My hurt and pain led to me being honest with God with language that I don’t normally use with those in my life.

How could I have so misheard Gods voice? Did I mishear or did God intentionally lead me into heartache?

I know I can be honest with God, however, He is still God. The creator of the universe. The one worthy of gold altars and bronze pillars. He is capable of destroying with just a thought. He is also My God that I love and serve and believe loves me in return. So how honest can I be?

I hear a sarcasm in the words of Psalm 44. They knew God wasn’t asleep but in their despair and hurt they were communicating to God what His silence felt like. In the end they called on that love to hear them and rescue them.

“Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.”

Psalms‬ ‭44:26‬ ‭NIV

Honesty with God has more to do with our heart and our need to be heard than it does with God. He knows. He already knows what we need. Vulnerably sharing with God what’s going on in our hearts invites a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him. The amazing thing about our God is that He hears through the sarcasm and the harsh words. He sees the heart and His desire is to meet you and comfort you and provide for you.

Dear God, in my imperfect words of honest hurt and pain may I sense your nearness. Forgive my tone and words and hear my heart. Hear the hearts of my friends today. May they find the hope and peace in the midst of pain that you provide. Amen.

Mandy

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2 responses to “1 Kings 7; 2 Chronicles 4; Psalm 44; 1 Timothy 2

  1. I value authenticity. I’m glad God doesn’t turn away from me and gives me space to be truly myself, especially when I struggle. I was just thinking on friendships recently, and how there are relationships I have where I can’t truly be myself–and I wonder on the depth of those friendships. I’m thankful that God already knows me, and I don’t have to dial back or quiet my voice around him. There is so much freedom in that space for peace and healing. Great post, Mandy.

  2. mkaybaldwin

    Yes!!! Relationships where you can be truly yourself are such a gift!!

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