In our culture, we often hear ‘big boys/girls don’t cry’. This may be well-intended advice to try to toughen our children up for the challenges they will face throughout life, but it teaches them that their emotions are a sign of weakness and they should repress them.
In Jeremiah 9 you will see that Jeremiah expressed his feelings clearly and loudly. His expressions of anger and grief teach us lessons about our emotions and ways that we can communicate with God.
Jeremiah knew when to cry, he was known as the ‘weeping prophet’. He preached the message of judgement, cried and mourned for the people of God, and allowed his words to come from a place of compassion.
Jeremiah’s message offers us a great example of balancing God’s compassion and God’s character. Even God’s harshest truth is never void of His love. God directed us to love the sinner and condemn the sin.
Jeremiah offers us a view of his intimate relationship with God. He never left out the raw feelings of hurt, anger, or doubt and he did not worry that his feelings would somehow offend God. Jeremiah was in touch and aware of his feelings which made him sensitive to God’s expression of disappointment and sadness.
Jeremiah made it a point to pray and express his feelings to God, especially when he did not feel like praying at all. We can pray and express our feelings to God in the same way. Ask yourself if you are being open and honest about your feelings when you pray or do you tell God what you think he wants to hear?
Openness and honesty with our feelings and needs are essential for a healthy emotional life. The more we learn to communicate with God, the more we will be open to the Holy Spirit, sensitive to His corrections, and we will grow in compassion for those in the world.
Emotions are strange and feelings come and go. Sometimes we feel like we can conquer the world, other times we feel as if the world has conquered us. How are we suppose to control the surges of emotion we feel? How do we hold on to our faith in God when our emotions are up and down?
Those that have a relationship with God can count on Him in every area of their life. God will help us exercise self-control over our emotions– if we ask Him and put our trust in Him.
God will not give us more than we can handle with His help
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it
God’s mercy and compassion is new every morning
Lamentations 3:22-23 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
When life’s circumstances begin to overwhelm you- wait quietly for the Lord’s help
Lamentations 3:25-26 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.
Thank you Lord for your patience and forgiveness. Thank you for giving us your word to guide our paths and teach us what is right. Lord thank you for allowing us to come to you with our pure raw emotions, allowing us to express our feelings and frustrations to you. I pray that each person would hear Your message and take from it what You are trying to show them. Help us all to remain strong in our faith through life’s many storms. Lord, help us to be like Jeremiah aware of our emotions and seeking to know God’s heart. Remind us it is okay to weep when we need to weep, and that Your glory and mercy are new every morning. In Jesus mighty name I pray.