There is a time to sing, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,” but there’s also the time to face the reality that I'm really hurting. Job, David, and Jeremiah—they didn't always sing about joy. They were honest about the dark night. So can we. One of the greatest truths that Jesus Christ taught us is that we don’t have to pretend. So many religious people pretend. They present a veneer, but we all know this is fake. In Matthew Jesus teaches us to pray, "Lead us not into temptation," but at the climax of the Story He faced the most intense battle with Satan ever. In Gethsemane Jesus cried and, like He taught us, asked His Father not to lead Him into this crisis time. Jesus was honest about the emotions he was experiencing as He faced such a horrible death, but got up from His knees, obeyed the plan of redemption that He and His Father had planned, endured the cross, was resurrected on the third day, and is now sitting at the righthand of God the Father All MIghty. It wasn't wrong for Jesus to be honest about the His pain. It isn't wrong for us to do the same as we talk to God today.

 

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