I can’t be the only single who rolls their eyes at the same verses people use over and over as consolation. The problem for me is these verses say, “be patient” and “in God’s timing”. I know they’re true but sometimes I don’t feel like such a saint. I want to be able to be honest with where I am. Not just in statusdom but in life! What about our frustration? What about God’s anger? Surely it can’t be all meek and mild, where’s the sadness, the joy — where’s the reality of the mess I’m living in?
I want to hear some words not of circumstances (what am I doing?) but of self (who am I to you, Lord?). Because chances are, we’re not doing anything wrong but our broken human brain is trying to believe who we are, and who God is, changes because of circumstances. Spoiler, it doesn’t.
So here are some verses from The Message translation. (Click on the link to see the full verse/other translations.) Sometimes I just need to remind myself of the truth, speak the truth about God out loud to combat my swirling thoughts or bandage my tender feelings.
I hope they lead you to worship.
Psalm 5:1 Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.
Psalm 32:3 When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans.
Isaiah 43:16 This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, The God who summons horses and chariots and armies— they lie down and then can’t get up; they’re snuffed out like so many candles: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.
Isaiah 43:1 “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 30:18 God takes the time to do everything right — everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.
Psalm 103:3 He crowns you with love and mercy — a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness — beauty eternal. He renews your youth — you’re always young in his presence.
22-25 So let’s do it — full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
26-31 If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment — and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? This is no light matter. God has warned us that he’ll hold us to account and make us pay. He was quite explicit: “Vengeance is mine, and I won’t overlook a thing” and “God will judge his people.” Nobody’s getting by with anything, believe me.
~39 …So don’t throw it all away now. …It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.
It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;
he’ll show up most any minute.
But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;
if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.
But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.