Out of all the battles you’ll as a Christian on your journey of faith, one of the most subtle and effective ways the enemy will attempt to gain territory in your life is to weaken your faith in the Lord. How does he do that? By attacking you in the areas where you are the most vulnerable. Your adversary has no allies and no mercy, but your Father in heaven does. He is rich in mercy and He is on your side. But when life is at its lowest and darkest points, when you’re hurting more than you ever thought possible, it’s normal to feel disappointment and even anger with God and to wonder why He isn’t stepping in to help. What now?
If you’re struggling in your faith, feeling angry and disappointed with God for any reason, your worship needs to concentrate and accelerate, but why worship a God you’re disappointed with? Why worship a God who didn’t come through as you expected Him to, as you’d hope He would? Why worship a God who hears and sees, but doesn’t seem to do anything about it? Why worship a God who could have changed things and didn’t? These are very real questions and the enemy will use your agony to try and break the vital connection you have with the Lord in your heart, so that you’ll lose the joy of your salvation. The enemy knows that the joy of the Lord is your strength, (Neh. 8:10) and he knows that in the presence of the Lord is “fullness of joy”. (Psalm 16:11)
How Does God Feel About Anger?
Did you ever stop to think that Satan, as a former worshipper before the Lord, might have a better understanding about the true power of worship than you or I do? (Ezekiel 28:12-19) That is why he wants to use your anger and disappointment at God to get you to walk away, or build walls around your heart- and that is why you must tear them down. God isn’t mad at you for being angry and disappointed with Him. He understands you, what you’re feeling and how you think. (Psalm 33:15) He wants to prove two important things through this difficult season you’re in: He wants to prove who He is to you in a new way, and He wants to prove to you who you are.
Seek to discern within yourself the areas in which you are disappointed with God. He wants to show you the root- and the truth. Maybe someone died when you stood in faith that they’d live. Maybe you needed money and you trusted in God and you lost your home. Maybe you thought a miracle would come and it didn’t. Maybe you watched evil “win”. (Psalm 73:3) Some of the disappointments we walk through are simply the nature of the sinful fallen world, and some stem from setting our own expectations and God didn’t meet them. Anger makes a place for Satan to legally operate in your life (Eph. 4:27) so of course he wants to get stuck there!
Fight Your Feelings with Faith
Prayer, the Word and worship are real weapons with real power against a real enemy and when you start to wield those weapons with authority, you can expect a battle. But the first enemy you’ll face is yourself. Satan is not an enemy who likes to lose, and God never loses when He fights – so, fight, fight, fight- to the pain, to the ugly, to the blood, to the death: the death of fear, the death of pride, the death of pain, the death of past mistakes, the death of condemnation, the death of insecurities, the death of unforgiveness, the death of anger and to the death of disappointment. You must fight against anything that keeps you weak and in pain and victimized. (Ephesians 6:12) That is recipe for breakthrough! Remember, the antidote for disappointment is hope.
Launch all that ugliness at God. He can take it! Plus, He is already well aware of how you feel, so you may as well own up to it and scream, kick, rage, ask, seek, knock. All the questions we struggle with while very real to us, are based on our expectations of who we think God is and who we think He should be and what we think He should do. Then, when He doesn’t meet those expectations, we become angry and disappointed and disillusioned with Him and lose our desire to draw close to Him. What a subtle and effective tactic of Satan to disconnect you from the one thing you really need!!
Thought for today: Run to Him, Not Away
God has a hope and a future for you (Jeremiah 29:11). “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:18) “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.“ (Romans 15:13) It is okay to be disappointed, but it’s not okay to let it take root in your heart because Satan will use it to suck away your desire to be near to the Lord when HE is what you need. God has a plan in place! The Lord meets His own expectations, not ours- and His ways are higher than ours. (is. 55:8-9) He has an understanding we cannot comprehend. Never forget this: It is more important to find out what the Lord is going to do, than to tell Him what we want Him to do.
He sees our lives and eternity from His perspective, not ours. As dark and awful as life can get, and as hard as it is to see bad things happen and as painful as it can be to watch something happen that God “could have” performed a miracle in and did not, we must be careful not to define who God is or what He can do based on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Worship the Lord as an act of faith and let the enemy know that your HOPE is in God, not your disappointment.
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