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Tenacity and God's Boundaries


"How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?"

- Psalm 13:1

There is begging, pleading, whining, complaining, ranting and raving. Then there is supplication.

Or maybe there isn't such a dichotomy between these after all.

Imagine this scene: a very distraught woman beats her fists against her husband's chest until she is spent, and then she collapses into his arms, hugging him, crying, and being comforted by him. Sometimes our supplication takes on this kind of intensity. It did for David in Psalm 13:1.

By the end of that Psalm, however, David gives us the equivalent of the woman collapsing into her husband's arms: "But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me."

In their book Boundaries, Cloud and Townsend make this observation: “God wants us to respect his boundaries; he doesn't want us to withdraw our love when he says no. But he has nothing at all against our trying to persuade him to change his mind. In fact, he asks for us to be tenacious.”

Are you confident enough of God's love for you to be up-front with Him? Are you confident enough of God's goodness to trust Him even when He chooses to do other than what you want Him to do?

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Karen, we all--every single one of us--have a lifetime of flaws and negatives. The accuser (Rev. 12:10) keeps harping on them. Loudly. The Lord covers them. Quietly. We get to choose whether to listen to the accuser or the Lord on this. You are His precious daughter and you know His voice. You CAN be confident in His love. (Zephaniah 3:17: The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.")

Confident enough of God's love for me? Last night I was not..I looked at my life and saw all the flaws all the negative....this is so hard for me.

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