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This Week: Dream
TUESDAY—Be Honest with Yourself (Be Honest with God)
Big Point: God wants to hear from you—the real you—the good, the bad, the ugly.
“Have you any right to be angry?”
That was God’s simple question to Jonah—the reluctant prophet—as he pouted about God’s compassion on an enemy of Israel. In fact, Jonah was so angry about God’s patience and love being poured out on those who did not deserve it that he demanded of God, “Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” God did not do as Jonah asked. Instead He asked again, “Do you have a right to be angry?”
Jonah’s anger did not surprise God and God did not respond in anger, even though Jonah had fled from Him, refused to do His will, endangered innocent men, and desired vengeance over mercy. God’s compassion poured out not only on the Ninevites on that day, but also on Jonah. God wanted the people of Ninevah to turn from their evil ways and to become His people. At the same time and with the same amount of love, God wanted Jonah to know Him better. God wanted to teach Jonah about His love and His heart for each person on earth.
You may be asking yourself why God would bother with either the wicked Ninevites or the whiny, angry prophet. But try asking this instead—would Jonah ever change if he wasn’t honest about his feelings of anger and resentment towards God?
READ…What Does the Bible Say?
Psalm 13:1,2 (New Living Translation)
1 O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? 2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
Psalm 22:1,2 (New Living Translation)
1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? 2 Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief.
Matthew 27:46 (New Living Translation)
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
THINK…Find the answers
Read Psalm 13:1,2. What questions does the author ask of God?
What complaint does the Psalm 22 author have towards God?
Matthew 27:46 are the words Jesus speaks while he is hanging on the cross. Do Jesus’ words surprise you? If so, why? Describe what Jesus may have been feeling.
LIVE…What will you do now?
Many of the psalms, including Psalm 13 and 22, were written by King David, whom the Bible refers to as a man after God’s own heart. David’s life was in no way perfect, but what stands out about Him is his emotional honesty before God. Answer the following questions honestly:
Can you describe a time you felt abandoned by God?
Can you describe a time you wondered how life can be this hard or this unfair?
When is the last time you wanted to just ask God—”What is up with this?”
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
Don’t wait another day! Tell God how you are feeling right now, especially how you are feeling about Him. God is not surprised by our anger or our frustration. He can take it. Tell him what is in your heart.
DAILY BIBLE READING COMMENTARY: 2 Kings 11-15
11:1 “Athaliah…” A daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. She was zealous to rule after the death of her son and was dedicated to seeing the worship of Baal officially sanctioned in Judah.
11:17 “a covenant…” The renewal of the agreement between the people and the Lord and between the house of David and the people was appropriate because of the disruption under Athaliah.
12:20 “a conspiracy…” Some of the officials of Joash conspired against him because he had killed the high priest, Zechariah.
13:19 “three times…” Elisha commanded Jehoash to shoot the remaining arrows into the ground. Jehoash shot only three arrows into the ground instead of emptying the entire quiver. Because of his lack of faith, Jehoash would win only three victories over the Syrians instead of completely destroying them.
14:3 “not like…David…” David set a high standard of unswerving devotion to the Lord for the kings of Judah who were his descendants to follow. Amaziah did not follow the Lord completely. According to 2 Chronicles 25, Amaziah embraced the false gods of the Edomites.
15:5 “leper…” Azariah suffered from leprosy as punishment for usurping the priestly function of burning incense on the altar in the temple.
15:10 “Shallum…” Shallum killed Zecharaiah and replaced him as king of Israel. Assyrian records call Shallum “the son of nobody,” indicating that he was not from the royal family.