Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- May 5, 2012
“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled.
I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.”
1 Samuel 1:15
Sometimes your soul pours out in passionate prayer. The hurt is so deep, the loss so great, and the burden so heavy, that your soul exceeds earnest prayer. Your emotions increase in intensity to the point that your prayers become speechless. Somewhere between the bottom of your soul and the tip of your tongue the words evaporate. Sometimes your extra heavy heart feels constricted and emits groans that only the Holy Spirit can discern.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26).
It’s not only okay to go there, it’s necessary. This level of soul-searching prayer is what brings peace to one painted with pain. After your soul has been delivered onto God’s platter of prayer, you are able to rest in His peaceful presence. It is during this non-trivial travail in prayer that your soul finds solace.
As in childbirth, your pain progresses until it is released by God’s act of grace and gravity. Your burden is birthed and becomes a blessing. Your hurt has been gestating for months, even years, so release it from your hurting soul. It has lodged itself deep within and, over time, has whittled away your joy. You have become hard to live with and you struggle to love yourself. Latch onto your Lord and don’t let go, for He is there for you.
He is listening even when you don’t speak or your communication is nothing but moans. Continue to seek the face of your heavenly Father, for He is there as a present hope. But hope deferred will keep your soul sick (Proverbs 13:12). It may seem silly to pour out your soul to the One you cannot see, yet faith serves as the eyes that gaze upon your heavenly Father. Soul care is His passion, for what you pour out in grief and resentment, He replaces with comfort and forgiveness.
Once you pour out your soul to your Lord, you can leave it with Him and move forward in the power and peace of the Holy Spirit. Fill your now emptied soul with your Savior, and let Christ cover you with confidence, serenity, and security. If you leave your soul empty of the eternal, Satan will fill you with the lingering lies of guilt and worry (Jesus explains this principle in Luke 11:24-26).
A poured-out soul gives the Lord more to work with. His love will lift you higher and higher to heights of affection that make angels envious. What is poured out, He fills; what is broken, He mends; what is hungry, He feeds; what is thirsty, He quenches; what is hurt, He nurses. Allow Jesus to be the keeper of your soul. His nurture and care are unparalleled. A soul made whole generates gratitude and generosity.
A soul poured out flushes out faithlessness and fear, allowing it to be filled with faithfulness and trust. People in denial may think you are strange or weak pouring out your soul to God. However, you know better, because this is the avenue to intimacy. When you pour out your soul to the Lord, He fills you up with Himself. A life full of Jesus is the best place to live. You can trust Him with this level of transparency. Don’t doubt; just pour out.
Taken from May 5th reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God”… http://bit.ly/bQHNIE
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