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  1. Roy Binghy
    04 July 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    “Go ahead, yell in his face”??? Do we do this while at the same time assuming “that God DOES know what he’s talking about and is trying to help you”?

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  2. Trevor Hammond
    04 July 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    The ‘yell’ part should perhaps be considered in the context of the sentences before it which says so much about how reliable God is in spite of our ‘childish’ behaviour and ‘tantrums’.
    “The good news is that his heart is big enough for all your anger, all your questions, all your doubts. Bring them to him” says it all.
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    There are so many different times and ways that we yell at God just like ‘cry babies’ so to speak; but still our Father in Heaven is ever so willing to ‘be there’ for us. Patient; Caring; Bonding; Forgiving; Loving. Wow, God is just soo good! I like this article…it really touches my heart.
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    Some years ago whilst at a beach picnic and enjoying a dip in the ocean, a nasty jellyfish (we call them blue-bottles) stung me across my neck and shoulder. It was quite a big one and I had to pull it off (got my fingers stung too), but the nasty venom set in quickly causing severe pain and also affected my breathing and heart rate. I started yelling at my family members to quickly get some vinegar or hot water to wash the area which would have helped to break the toxins down. They were so nice in spite of my yelling. They quickly tried all they could do to assist in relieving my discomfort and pain. They were understanding and patient in spite of my ‘yelling’. They responded by continuing to assist me without challenging my inappropriate yelling which was really uncalled for.
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    God IS and DOES so much more than that! WOW! Praise the Lord!

    Friend of God in Christ

    T

    • William Noel
      09 July 2011 @ 2:01 pm

      Trevor,

      When we yell at God (as I have on a number of occasions), we need to be ready to listen and accept the answer when it comes. Remember when God answered Job’s rant? “Where were you when I…?” followed by (my paraphrase) “Now, shut up and listen while I tell you what’s really going on and your role in it!”

      For quite a while I had my fingers in my ears, so God raised the volume until there was no mistaking that he was God, he was in control and I was just a bit player in the cosmic drama we call the great controversy. What was more, if he could take care of those big issues, then he definitely was able to take care of me.

  3. Kendra Perry
    04 July 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    Trevor, thanks for sharing your personal experience which really does point out how coming to God in trust and yelling at him can coexist.

    There are also several biblical examples of people holding this tension.

    Job says both, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21) and also “Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 7:11).

    In the Psalms, we also see many examples of people complaining to, at, and even about God while also praising and worshiping him.

    Even Jesus “yelled” at God in the Garden of Gethsemane before submitting his will perfectly to his Father’s.

    The key point I was trying to make is that we must not allow our difficulties or confusion to drive us away from God; we must keep talking to him about what we’re thinking and feeling, even when it’s unpleasant.

  4. Trevor Hammond
    04 July 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    Dear Kendra Perry

    Ma’am, I think of Psalm 107 whenever crying out to God is mentioned. It doesn’t stipulate any pre-existing criteria or condition, except desperation, in order for God to engage in our cries for help. I’d like to think of it as the Yeller’s Psalm.
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    [Psalm 107:4-6], [Psalm 107:10-13], [Psalm 107:17-19], [Psalm 107:23-28]

    “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.”

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    There is so much more you have written which is soo inspiring besides the ‘yelling’ which cropped up in the discussion so far.

    I particularly like the tone and the practical ‘real’ aspects of childlike faith in terms of our relationship with God. The reason I get so excited upon reading such an article is because there are no complicated overtones and I can relate to it by my personal experience with God’s Power, His Love and His Grace which brought deliverance and hope in my life.
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    I’m one of those regular ‘been there’ – ‘done that’ – ‘got the fed the pigs T-Shirt’ guys who has experienced the wonderful love of God and His Saving Grace.
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    My wife may want to use this article for Sabbath School when I show it to her…

    God Bless

    PS. I hope this article will be the Jan 1 page for a Morning Watch Yearbook…let us know when it is published.

    T

  5. William Noel
    09 July 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    Kendra,

    Thank you, again, for tender insights into God drawn from your relationship with Him. I really appreciate your postings because of your focus on a God who is both caring and accessible.