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Admit your disappointment with God

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But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask." Jesus told her, "Your brother will rise again." John 11:22-23

When have you felt hopeless or disappointed in God? Were you afraid to say exactly what you were thinking? Perhaps you didn’t feel God would ever listen to your prayers again if you really told Him what you were thinking.

At her lowest point, Martha spoke her mind to Jesus. She didn’t hold back. Her faith held the tension of Jesus’ power and her disappointment. She could still believe in His care for her and His healing power, even if He hadn’t shown up when she had requested.

Of course, Martha’s story ends with a greater display of Jesus’ power as He raised her brother Lazarus, but you don’t always experience God’s deliverance in such dramatic ways. Regardless of the results, Martha’s faith after experiencing tremendous loss and grief shows that you can surrender your circumstances to God in faith, hope, and , most importantly, honesty.

Your honesty doesn’t have to undermine your faith. Martha’s spirit of surrender placed her future in Jesus’ hands even as she faced her disappointment about the past. What do you need to speak to God about with complete transparency today? Is it possible that speaking about your disappointment in God could be a greater act of faith than holding yourself back from saying what you really think?
 

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