Hannah’s long period of bitterness had turned to rejoicing when she discovered she was with child. David asked the Lord; “Will You forget me forever?” Later he proclaimed that God would give him “beauty for ashes and strength for fear, gladness for mourning and peace for despair.”
We were made for praise and worship to the Lord our God. When our prayers go long unanswered; frustration, anger, bitterness and even complacency can creep in. Has God heard the cries of our heart? The Bible promises “His eyes are always searching to and fro, looking for those whose hearts long to be completely His.”
Our long periods of bitterness can be turned into rejoicing within seconds of receiving the answer to our prayers. While we are waiting for the answer to come; how do we keep our souls from becoming embittered?
How do we keep from confusing God with life? Job said in 16:7: “Surely God, You have worn me out; You have devastated my entire household.” He then said in 16: 2, 4-5 and 19-20, “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high, My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God.”
Job did as the writer of Lamentations 2:19. He poured out his heart like water before the face of the Lord. He lifted up his hands (toward heaven)… In the distress of his soul; he cried out to his advocate. What is Jesus? He is our faithful high priest, our intercessor, our advocate.
Oh, my dear reader; that alone should give us cause to rejoice. He longs to turn our bitterness into rejoicing.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus, I know my Redeemer lives. I release all of those hurts and disappointments into your very capable hands. I give all the months or years of bitterness and anger to You. You are so amazing! I thank You for loving me and turning my bitterness into rejoicing! I love You Lord. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen