A Glimpse

When describing a horrifying news event to me, one of my friends stated,  “I am so incensed by the cruelty of some people towards living things. I just as astounded by the evil that abounds in this world!”

There are moments when I feel full of intense emotion like that. I have those reactions as I help others process joy, rage, trauma, anxiety, and depression through therapy. But I believe those moments offer us a glimpse into the heart of God, a view into the what He is concerned about, and an inkling of how God feels.

In moments when we feel overcome, we can be confident that God knows us. But more than that, we can be thankful that we are understanding God’s nature through our distress. And through understanding, a closeness and a peace.

So for the parent who is mourning the choices of a wayward child, know that the Father’s heart breaks with you. For those concerned for social justice issues, remember the Righteous One is troubled by injustice. For those who weep silently from the pain of rejection and being misunderstood, know that our perfect High Priest Jesus was rejected and insulted too. For those who feel invisible and under-appreciated, consider our Savior’s humility and sacrifice.

In the fullness of fierce feelings, God’s heart is being revealed to you. Join with Him in his heartbeat and know that He sees you, knows you, and is interceding on your behalf continuously.

Romans 8: 27- 29 (MSG) He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. 

Hebrews 4: 14-16 (MSG) Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
What events have happened/experiences that have filled you with sadness, fear, and worry
How do you typically react to unsettling events?
How has Jesus experienced some of your feelings? How does that make you feel?
What is a promise that you can cling to during these moments of intense emotion?
Take a minute to picture sitting with Jesus and pour out your heart to him. Take a minute to listen for a response, what is he saying? 

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