Doubt and Anger
Doubt and anger consumed the Israelites soon after emigrating from Egypt.
They settled in an area that lacked water and spoke some harsh words towards Moses. They lost faith in the presence of God because one of their immediate needs had not been met.
“…the people of Israel argued with Moses and tested the Lord by saying, 'Is the Lord here with us or not?' " (Exodus 17:7b, NLT)
Have you ever risen one morning with heaviness on your spirit?
Were your thoughts spinning non-stop? Did they turn into anger, and then into guilt when you realized you had been nursing feelings of resentment in your heart?
I experienced this recently, and I began to pray and ask God why I felt so angry. The response I heard in my spirit was, “You are angry because you doubt.”
The Dance of Doubt and Anger
There’s undeniable truth to this statement. Doubts can cause you to wonder if your situation will continue to worsen or take a turn for the better.
It is possible to be aware of the positive beliefs that would be most nourishing to think about, but then subconsciously prevent those beliefs from sinking into your heart.
I can think of a number of times when God removed me from an unpleasant and/or unhealthy situation and as soon as I hit a bump in the road I doubted that God was with me.
As a result, I ended up making poor decisions.
The silver lining of this story is that my spirit was receptive to conviction. When the Holy Spirit told me the source of my anger, I was open to learning more about this entanglement of emotions.
Years ago, this would not have been the case. I would have maintained a sour attitude for months, even years.
Christian spiritual growth takes time but please know that every small step is an impactful one.
Challenges are the building blocks of faith. If you choose not to doubt God’s promise for your life, you will have far less heaviness in your hearts.
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