Several biblical characters have said things to, or about, God that blew my mind. I certainly wouldn’t have the courage to talk to, or about, God like they did. Jonah, for example, who was upset because God spared Nineveh, said, “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish” (Jonah 4:2, New Living Translation). Elijah, whom we discussed last week, had had enough of his prophetic responsibilities and told God, “I have had enough, Lord, … Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died” (1 Kings 19:4, New Living Translation). Finally, the Pharisees, Jesus’ toughest critics, said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan, the prince of demons” (Matthew 12:24, New Living Translation).
After reading the verses cited above, however, I added Mary and Martha to my list. When Jesus came to their rescue, demonstrating His love and concern for people in need, they said, “Lord, if you had been here, Lazarus would still be alive.” Just imagine the response Jesus could have given: “Are you serious? Don’t you know who I am?” But as I read the remainder of the story, I noticed that Jesus didn’t rebuke or scold them. He just listened and let them empty their hearts. He understood how frustrated they were and gave them an opportunity to let it out.
Jesus’ response assured me that we can vent to God. He will listen as we ring out every drop of our emotions. Still have that disaster on your mind? Let it out; He’s waiting to hear from you. Just be willing to listen whenever He answers.