reception

God wants to bring healing into our lives

Published 11:00pm Friday, April 1, 2011

One of my favorite actors Robert Duvall, played “Sonny,” a preacher in the film, “The Apostle.” Sonny, as we say today, had some “issues.” His family was falling apart, his ministry was at risk and he was distraught.

In one scene Sonny went to the upstairs bedroom in his mother’s house to pray.

Sonny raved and said, “Lord, I love you, but right now I’m mad at you!”

An irate neighbor called the home reminding them it was the middle of the night, but Sonny’s mother, played wonderfully by the late June Carter Cash, only laughed.

“Sometimes Sonny talks to God, and sometimes he yells at him!” she said as she hung up the phone.

Just a film, but it’s true that honest people do sometimes get angry with God.

It’s customary for U.S. presidents to use the Bible for the oath of office, but our 14th president, Franklin Pierce, did not.

His son was killed two weeks before his inauguration as president in 1853.

Pierce became the first U.S. president to refuse the Bible during his swearing-in since he was angry with God.

The writer of Psalm 88 was angry with God. He was sick, abandoned by friends and felt his prayers went unanswered.

This writer did the right thing in bringing his complaints to God. It’s wise in any dispute to honestly confront the one with whom we’re experiencing brokenness. And God is big enough not to be offended by our brashness!

Coming to God with our honest feelings may be the first step in our healing.

The root of much of our disappointment with God is our feeling of abandonment when trouble comes.

We feel God doesn’t care about us.

The scripture declares this is not the case. The author of Hebrews wrote, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities . . . (Heb. 4:15-16).

Remember from high school English class about the double negative —not good grammar, but sometimes used for emphasis.

In this case, the double negative is used to make a positive statement: our high priest, Jesus, is aware of our troubles and feels them deeply himself.

What an amazing concept -— the God of the Bible so identifies with his suffering people that he actually suffers with them!

In the midst of difficult times, let us not believe God doesn’t care about us.

He cares very much, and wants to bring healing to our lives.

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