Still angry?

The Doctor's Life Support for 23 May

I will not let you go unless you bless me.

Genesis 32: 26

The prophet Jeremiah suffered for forty years because he was faithful to God in bringing an immensely unpopular message to the people of his day. He was rejected by his family and friends, and by the religious and temporal rulers of his nation. In his mental and physical anguish he lashed out at his persecutors, and at God. ‘O Lord, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.’ (Jeremiah 20: 7) His misery was such that, reaching an all-time low, he wondered why he had been born. ‘Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?’ (Jeremiah 20: 18) Are we shocked? Do we think that Jeremiah wasn’t ‘spiritual’? Would we like to be known, like Jeremiah, as someone who struggles with God? Do we need to struggle with God today? Perhaps not! Perhaps today we shall sense the help and presence of God. Our walk may be close with God and calm. Our prayers may be quiet and confident. I hope it is so with you. But perhaps it may not be so. Perhaps today we will also be rejected as we try to follow Christ and to speak of his love. As we face suffering and disappointment, or the loss of patients and loved ones, for whatever reason, perhaps today we too reach the end of the line and become angry with God. Perhaps today, we need to cry ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me’! Like Jesus at Gethsemane, we may not only express our doubts but also affirm our trust in the Father. We must be honest with God because only then can we receive his rich blessing. Only then will we sense his majesty and might.

Written by John Townsend from the UK

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