Are You Honest With God?
Are you honest with God or do you think that you can trick or lie to God?
One trait that I admire about Jeremiah, was how he was honest with GOD. Let's face it, if you move to the front line in GOD's army, there are going to be things that GOD asks you to do which will be difficult. You may not be the most popular person, you may be ridiculed, and even not liked by non-believers, and yes, even other believers.
I believe that a good test of your relationship with Christ is your ability to be honest with Him. There were several occasions where Jeremiah complained to GOD. Jeremiah expresses his frustrations of being GOD's prophet.
So, how honest are you with GOD? Do you tell HIM when you are sad, mad, hurt, frustrated, or are just struggling to keep it all together? Please do not misunderstand me, being honest with GOD is not bashing, or being hurtful to HIM. There should always be the underlying respect and honor for who HE is. Being honest means acknowledging who GOD is, but telling HIM, I do not get this!
One experience that I had, when I was very sick, I was very angry at GOD. I remember nights in bed yelling at HIM, "I do not understand", I asked HIM repeatedly "What are you doing to me?" "WHY?" Through this experience my relationship with HIM grew. My honesty took our relationship to a new level, I now know that I can be very honest with HIM and have HIM still love me the same, plus, I felt much better getting those feelings off my chest. HE knows what you are feeling and thinking anyway, so why not verbally express it?
If you are not at the point in your relationship where you are honest with GOD. Move in that direction. It is very emotionally freeing and you will find yourself in a deeper friendship with Jesus. :)
Jeremiah 20:7-13 ~ Jeremiah Talking To God
O LORD, you have deceived me,
and I was deceived;
you are stronger than I,
and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all the day;
everyone mocks me.
For whenever I speak, I cry out,
I shout, "Violence and destruction!
"For the word of the LORD has become for mea reproach and derision all day long.
If I say, "I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,
"there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
For I hear many whispering.
Terror is on every side!
"Denounce him! Let us denounce him!"
say all my close friends,
watching for my fall.
"Perhaps he will be deceived;
then we can overcome him
and take our revenge on him."
But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble;
they will not overcome me.
They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.
O LORD of hosts, who tests the righteous,
who sees the heart and the mind,
let me see your vengeance upon them,
for to you have I committed my cause.
Sing to the LORD;
praise the LORD!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hand of evildoers.