Rick Warren’s podcast is among my source of inspirational material while I travel (to address my flying discomforts) or as an alternate of my Netflix and readings.
This Sunday morning, I find it a joy and of great comfort to listen to one of his daily inspirational podcast talk. And this is my take and notes on his topic on how God can turn setbacks into comebacks.
God wants us not to fake our emotions towards him.
It’s expected that we shall experience setbacks. Setbacks as defined can be a loss of progress, reversal of fortune or anything that sets as back.
And what shall we do if setbacks seemed irreversible.
A lookback on biblical history is the life of Job. He was among the wealthiest, powerful, famous and influential during his time. Yet on one single day he literally lost everything.
His children got murdered by terrorist on a single day, natural disasters wiped out his properties, he lost his livestock and wealth, he became ill with an extremely painful and incurable disease.
In Job 30:26 he expressed his pain…when I hoped for good, evil came. When I looked for light then darkness came.
He felt waves of misery crushing over him.
Everything went bad in his life.
Yet Job trusted God for a comeback even when his setback seemed irreversible.
And that to date is the greatest comeback in history.
He lost it all : Health, wealth, family, prosperity, prestige yet at the end he gains it all back and even in a greater way.
We have moments that we may feel like Job.
But what he did to experience a comeback even with a devastation too big is so remarkable.
He started by Telling God exactly how he feels. He unloaded his emotions on God. How do we unload… you just don’t tell him how you ought to feel? you don’t tell him how you should feel. You don’t tell him what would be right to feel. Just tell him how you actually feel.
When God listens to us he wants us to be honest. When you are honest to God with your emotions it is actually an act of worship. Even when you are disappointed, frustrated, expressing doubt or afraid. When you are expressing your emotions, you are talking to God and focusing on Him. And that is worship!
Job’s reaction during the disasters in his life – he stood up, tore his clothes in grief, shaved his head, fell to the ground and worship God. It showed an act of humility, despair, doubt and possibly anger.
He might have displayed and expressed these emotions Anger, Grief, Shock, Question and Fear.
You can express and say all these emotions to God. God can handle any emotions you got because He gave it to you.
Job was brutally honest with God. In Job 7:11 Job said…Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
He expressed his confusions, he complained and even blamed God for his pain.
To rightly respond to loss, tragedy and disasters, don’t fake your emotions to God. Honestly tell him what you are emotionally struggling with.
In Lamentations 2:19 it says…
Arise, cry out in the night,
as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water
in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
who faint from hunger
at every street corner.
Cry out, pour out your emotions like water. In the end, honesty is the best policy to God. And never stop trusting even if things wouldn’t turn out the way you would expect it to be.
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