Get the ‘BUT’ outta here!
In 2019 there was a post that floated around saying “God, I am frustrated but I trust you.” I copied the image and revised it for truth.
“God, I am frustrated, AND I trust you!”
I spent my entire life feeling that I could only experience one emotion at a time. The lies!!! I spent most of church life being taught not to pay attention to my feelings because they will diminish my faith. The lies!!! How does this garbage get taught?!
When you read John 11:35 (Christ wept), and keep reading through verse 43, it is inaccurate to tell a disciple that their feelings disable their faith. The Christ who cried tears felt emotions in that moment of seeing the crying bystanders and Lazarus’ grave, still performed a faith-filled miracle.
The Bible says he “groaned in the spirit” which translated closely means snorted with anger. So he felt angry. The verse also says he felt troubled or agitated, possibly his body was reacting to the emotions he felt. Then, Christ sheds tears.
Was Christ upset about the bystanding criers? Was it the momentary death of Lazarus? Were Christ’s emotions because he heard the bystanders questioning the diety within him? It could have been all of it.
The reality and the truth remains that in the midst of all that emotion Christ felt all the feels and his faith was still activated and enduring. So how dare it be taught that our feelings are hindrances to our faith. Get the BUT outta here!
I will feel all the feels AND still trust and have faith in the Almighty God who always sees and hears me, because I am in Christ.
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