CRYING OUT TO GOD IN PAIN AND DISAPPOINTMENT

Evening, morning and noon, I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice” (Psalm 55:17).

 

Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, cried out to Jesus (Mark 10:46-52) and when the crowd tried to silence him, he continued to cry out, “My Master, I want to see.” Jesus heard his cry, had mercy on him, and “immediately he received his sight.”

 

Job also was not silent about his suffering. He longed for a face to face encounter with God but did not know where to go to find Him (Job 23:8-9). He knew God was aware of him, had a purpose for allowing his suffering, and he would be vindicated in the end. Convicted of the character of God, Job confidently cried out to Him although others tried to silence him. Let’s remember that the book of Job had not been written. He had no truth from Scripture to draw upon, yet he expressed his complaint in prayer, confident that God would listen.

 

There is Someone to whom we can go. Hebrews 4:14 urges us to “hold firmly to the faith we profess.” Because Jesus is our High Priest, “Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (v. 16).

 

An earlier failure caused Moses to wonder if he was adequate to be Israel’s deliverer (Acts 7:25-27, 35). Later, he questioned the wisdom of God’s plan when, as slaves in Egypt, the Israelites were told they had to provide straw for their bricks while maintaining the same quota (Exodus 5:7-8). “O Lord,” Moses lamented, “why have You brought trouble upon this people? Is this why You sent me?” (v. 22).

 

Just as Moses was not immune to criticism, discouragement, and failure, neither are we. Our troubles, heartaches, and hardships do not come as a surprise to God and cause Him to change or modify His plans. Actually, they are part of His plan—tools to shape our character and accomplish His will in our lives.

 

Three times Paul pleaded with the Lord to remove his “thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:8). When God says “No,” His grace is always sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weakness (v. 9).

 

Disappointment usually springs from unrealistic expectations or unexpected situations which fail to follow our agenda. We need to adapt to His plan for us and rely on His wisdom and strength.

 

George Mueller said, “Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.”

 

If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:3-5).

 

There is only One who knows

All the answers to my woes;

He will all my needs supply

When in faith to Him I cry. –Morgan