“By His grace, God has ordained that this life cannot satisfy. When we place our hope in it we enter the path of self-destruction.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man
“Thou who art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on wrong, why dost thou look on faithless men, and art silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?” Habakkuk 1:13
Should the committed follower of Christ argue and complain to God? Scripture suggests so, at least by the number of complainers it contains. Habakkuk is not the only one to complain. Jeremiah the prophet prays, “Hear how I groan; there is none to comfort me. All my enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it. Bring thou the day thou hast announced, and let them be as I am. Let all their evil doing come before thee; and deal with them as thou hast dealt with me because of all my transgressions; for my groans are many and my heart is faint.”166
You would probably identify Job as the biggest complainer in Scripture. Page after page he argues that God has dealt unjustly with him. Even our Lord Jesus, in His time of abandonment cries out, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me.”167 Faith does not preclude lamentation nor is lamentation necessarily unbelief. Rather, because of your faith you lament.
Many assume that the victorious Christian ought to be perpetually encouraged in his communion with Christ. They leave little room for singing hymns in the minor key. But the great Negro spirituals are full of it. The pain and suffering slaves experienced riveted their hope on the eternal promise of God, and their singing reflected it. You struggle in your faith simply because it is faith. Dying to self is a painful process. If you care about your life, surrender is impossible without lamenting. When you lose something precious it hurts, and it is both natural and biblical to complain to God.
166 Lamentations 1:21-22
1 Samuel 7-9 Luke 9:18-36 (New King James Version)
1 Samuel 7-9
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