It’s a short journey from regret to blame, from sorrow to anger, from sadness to bitterness. Defying the pull toward bitterness seems to be one of the tasks of mid-life and beyond, but the movement toward peace and contentment, while challenging, is also life-saving. The prophet Isaiah was gifted with staggering insight to the sufferings of Christ, our Peacemaker, that propel me toward a desire to handle this conflict well:
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4)
Reading this, I feel the relief of someone coming under a load alongside me, for, while we are not immune to the circumstances and events that lead to disappointment, anger, or even grief, believers are, however, uniquely aided in the fight against bitterness.
In Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference, Lecrae (a recording artist, songwriter, record producer, and contributor to the book) stopped me in my tracks with this observation: “Fear believes God will get it wrong; bitterness believes he did.” This is staggering, because it highlights bitterness as a theological problem that unravels all my feather-light pronouncements that God never fails.
Do I believe God will always get it right?
Do you believe it? Even in circumstances in which all evidence seems to be pointing in the opposite direction?
Trusting in God’s divine plan, in his good story and his loving intentions toward us, we find grace to move away from bitterness, because “he has borne our grief and carried our sorrow.”
He bears it today, and he brings it before God on our behalf.
Grateful for carrying grace,
You can read my review of the book which was the source of Lecrae’s quote here.
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