Towards a Christian hope in the face of anger Part 3   Leave a comment

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psalms 34:18-19 (KJV)

This text form Psalm 34 is a gem to the aching heart. Who can live with perpetual disappointment and not become bitter? It is hard not to get angry at injustice, it is hard to let go and let God first have his way, suffering in a real sense is a sanctifying thing. God will bring the believer to righteousness through many trails, this is what the Apostle Paul speaks about to the Philippians when he speaks about the “fellowship of His sufferings” and what it means to share in them.

But suffering in itself for sin is no good either, stupidity has its own rewards and so does neglect, neglect of God’s word opens us more to a tendency to sin, the Psalmist in Psalm 119 say quite empathically “I have hidden Thy word in my heart that I may not sin against thee.

It is always better to seek refuge with the Lord in times of trouble, be it trouble at home or work , emotionally or financially. We can no less sanctify ourselves than can we justify ourselves. It takes some degree of God given humility, to come before God with a broken and contrite heart, it takes keeping your mouth shut, when you feel like responding rashly in a volatile situation. You Christian have given up your rights when you came to Christ. God surely sees your affliction and will remedy it in due time, this is the confidence we need to have in Him, to not do this is unbelief and unbelief has never delivered anyone from anything, it has only deepened the pain. Hope in God, who has here promised to “to deliver the righteous one, from all His troubles. When, well that is His sovereign choice. For you and me, we need to stay faithful until He brings that deliverance.

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Posted May 29, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Uncategorized

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