Lent allows us to call into focus all our struggles with God.  We all have all been in moments where we could barely pick our head up and we challenge the presence of God.

Tamela Mann sings:

Truth is I’m tired /Options are few/ I’m trying to pray
But where are you?/ I’m all churched out / Hurt and abused
I can’t fake /  What’s left to do?

Take me to the king / I don’t have much to bring
My heart’s torn into pieces/ It’s my offering

How does God feel about criticism? Does he rage with anger when we’re critical of his plan or when we walk away in a spoiled reaction to his will?

Job was critical of God (Job 30-31). He complained, “I did things right and you punished me. What’s up with that?”

God debated back: “I am bigger than you. I know more than you. I deserve the position and the buck stops here.” In contemporary terms God put the smack down on Job. God is strong enough to listen to our complaints without walking away from our relationship.

We are called to trust in the Lord (Psalm 37:3; Proverbs 3:5-6). When we do, we let go of our desire to live frustrated, knowing God is in control and able to make even the worst of life’s situations work for His ultimate good.

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