‘O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.’ Psalm 30:2 NKJV
We talk so easily about things that don’t matter. But when it’s time to talk about our fears, our loneliness, our guilt, or our need to be loved, we clam up like oysters. Sometimes we act like we don’t even hear, when the truth is we don’t like what we hear.
You heard your mate say they needed more of your time, or your child say, ‘I love you.’ And you also heard them sigh when you didn’t say anything in return. You ran and hid because either you don’t know how to give them what they’re asking for, or you don’t want to pay the price. We all have hiding places—like our jobs, our habits, or relationships that require no emotional honesty. And as a result we feel bottled up inside. But every one of our escape mechanisms traps us deeper in the cycle of silence.
God created you with a need to feel, to touch, and to express emotions. How long are you going to hide behind the mask and deny your unmet needs and unexpressed fears? God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone.’ (Genesis 2:18 NKJV) If you keep denying your emotions, you’ll never experience the joy of a good relationship. David wasn’t afraid to admit to God that he felt weak, or sad, or angry, or needed love. He said, ‘I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed.’ (Psalm 61:2 NKJV)
If you can’t express yourself to others, start by talking to God. What He did for David, He can do for you. So turn to Him today and let the healing begin.
SoulFood: Est 1–4, Luke 19:45–48, Ps 69:19–36, Pro 8:30–31
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023