See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15
I know a bitter cup well. Many years were spent with my face puckered up over the past. It’s a wonder it didn’t get stuck that way, lips pursed and forehead wrinkled. Bitterness is not a flattering expression.
When it comes to our relationship with The Lord, bitterness is like a tainted lens. Every time life passes by and wags its tail in the wrong direction we are faced with confusion.
How could a God who loves me let this happen?
At times it seems easier to pretend He doesn’t notice. Surely He must not see the pain and suffering or He would intervene…right?
Wrong. He sees us, and we need a God who sees our pain. But our fleshy minds cannot comprehend the greater breadth of suffering, and so we mentally compromise.
Take Job for instance. God saw Him suffer. He even gave Satan permission to afflict him. How could a loving God do such a thing? It seems so wrong….so why?
Because He understands the full weight of suffering. The discipline, the faithfulness, the growth that can rise of it all. And because I don’t understand, if we don’t understand, we are left with bitterness as an option.
Why not just get dang mad and ticked off at God? He knows it hurts…He could stop it… And He doesn’t! Those are the kind of statements that turn a small bitter root into a life depleting tap root.
If we choose bitterness when faced with adversity, we will be unhappy. We will be angry. We will block Gods growth, our Father planted tap root, and replace it with anxious suffering. A bitter root breeds a stagnant broken weeping heart.
But if we choose faith – If we choose Truth over feelings – and Faith over circumstance, God’s splendor will prevail. The heart born of suffering will find peace and joy once again.
Ate you bitter towards The Lord? When did it begin? Are you angry because He exerted His greater will over your anxious desires? Only you can decide if you will trust Him in the dark. If you will choose bitterness or joy…it’s tour decision… it’s time to move forward.