Hot tears ran down my face while driving. I was feeling angry, afraid and overwhelmed. I called my wife and just vented. The next day, I found myself venting to God and quite frankly, yelling at Him.
The events of the past several years have been brutally difficult and they have taken a toll with crises upon crises. They’ve included a daughter with Downs who was at death’s door from a brain attacking disease, health issues, unending expensive house problems, rejection from friends whom I thought were supportive, financial challenges, and ministry challenges.
I don’t think my emotions and body have fully recovered from all of that. Then here I was again, surprised by bad news. I was completely overwhelmed and it just spilled out of my soul. It’s like being in a fight. As soon as you recover from one punch and stand up, you are pummeled by another one.
During that time, I found myself being tempted to believe two lies about God: “God, you will not come through for me when it really counts.” “God, you are treating me unfairly.” That day I told God about these and didn’t hold back.
Do you know what God tells us these lies we believe about him are called? It’s found in 2 Corinthians 10:5. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul calls them “arguments raised and lofty (prideful) opinions that are contrary to who God is. In other words, they are false beliefs about Him.
Grace gives us permission to talk to God very honestly with raw emotions, letting it all out. However, grace also tells us the truth about who God really is and that we can trust Him. We see this especially in Scriptures like Psalm 42.
In years past, I would have gotten stuck in a pile of self-pity for days. However, I know who God is more than I ever have. I know He is faithful and can be trusted. I know He is good even when life is bad. I know He is more than fair and nothing can separate me from His love.
I’m back on track now but it wasn’t instantaneous. Father met me where I was and gently led me back to trusting in Him and His plans.
How about you? What lies about God are you tempted to believe when life feels overwhelming? An ever greater question is “Do you know who God truly is such that you don’t get stuck in your false beliefs about Him?
There is a way to be both honest with Him and to overcome those false beliefs about who He is. If we don’t have our view of God correct, all of life will be much more difficult.
We help Christians with this often in our ministry through our counseling, coaching, teaching and training. If fact, we are going to have a three hour class called “Untwisting Your Concept of God”. However, this particular one is only for ladies. It’s one of four classes in our Women of Grace Intro which starts August 28. I encourage you ladies to sign up today. These four classes alone could lift you far above where you are today in your spiritual life. You can attend in our Charlotte office or Online live.
(Men, you can give this as a gift to your wife, girlfriend, mom, daughter or friend. They will thank you.)