|“God can make the very worst things that ever happened in your life to work for your very best, if you have faith.” Zac Poonen
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“And Jonathan rose from the table in fierce anger and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved for David, because his father had disgraced him.” 1 Samuel 20:34
Grief and anger are not the same, but they know each other well. Often the two go together, feeding on each other. Jonathan’s father, King Saul, sought to kill David. Because of the friendship between David and Jonathan, the son was angry with the father and grieved for his friend. It made Jonathan angry that his father wanted to kill David, causing him to grieve over the difficulty in which David found himself.
There are many things worse than death and experiencing excruciating pain is one of them; grief is a manifestation of pain. For example, you watch a loved one suffering terribly with cancer. You grieve for them, wishing that they could die and end their misery, and then feel guilty over your reaction. You are angry with God for not stopping the suffering, and at yourself for not responding in a more biblical fashion. Or, you may be the one with the cancer, grieving over your pain and angry with God for bringing the cancer into your life.
Mixing gratitude with grief is the only antidote to anger; anger is a manifestation of ingratitude. As you pass ”through the valley of the shadow of death,”351 you
351 Psalm 23:4
Song of Solomon 6-8 Galatians 4 (New King James Version)
Song of Solomon 6-8
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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