Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
One thing that is very clear as we read the Bible is the link between our deepest emotions and the things we say and do. That may sound very obvious, but if you’re like me, it’s easy to think you’ve dealt with your anxieties or worries on your own (or are hiding them well!), only to have those dark thoughts and feelings pop out when we speak in anger and frustration, or hurt others because we are in turmoil inside. And then we feel ashamed and condemned because we see our sinful selves all over again.
The irony is, we are afraid to bring our dark thoughts to God, fearful that He will reject us, when actually, He already knows all. As He draws us back to the forgiveness of the cross, we have the safety of confessing our irritation or anger. He is not surprised by any of it! And as we do so, Jesus takes our burdens and replaces them with His shalom – giving us peace, wholeness and healing of mind, emotions, and even the stress which affect us through physical pain.
PRAY: Lord, help me to know your presence in every moment of the day. Help me to bring my tensions and stresses to you before they erupt in actions and words that I later regret. As I come to You, remind me of Your everlasting love and faithfulness, and of your forgiveness when I fail. Fill me with Your shalom through the joys and trials of this coming week.