Complaining to God

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Joni and Friends
Complaining to God

by Joni Eareckson Tada

You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. Your wrath lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.

Psalm 88:6-7

The author of Psalm 88 doesn’t complain about God, but he certainly complains to God. Unlike many of the psalms that begin with sorrow and wrap up with hope and praise, this one stays dark right to the end. The writer is really down. In eighteen verses, he pours out his heart. And guess what? It was okay for him to do that. This psalm, too, is God’s Word. What we learn is that God is big enough to take on our anger. He knows what kind of world we live in. He understands the brokenness, disappointment, and dysfunction. He wants us to move toward Him with our complaints, not away from Him.

Don’t bring down your friends and family with your negative feelings; take them to God! Engage Him head-on. He can handle it, and He has all kinds of experience in bringing comfort to frustrated sons and daughters.

Lord, please let the hurt and anger I sometimes feel drive me into Your arms. When I am frustrated and bewildered, feeling lost and alone, remind me to pour it all out to You first before I unload on my family, friends, or coworkers. Thank You for the incredible privilege of calling You my Friend.

Taken from A Spectacle of Glory

By Joni Eareckson Tada

Copyright © 2016
Published in Print by Zondervan, Grand Rapids

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version.

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