It’s so good to know that when we come before God, we can drop our masks and be ourselves. Unlike dealing with people, we don’t have to put on a plastic smile to cover-up our tears; or fake a love from a hateful heart; or pretend to have faith when we’re really in doubt. But with God, it’s so refreshing to be able to come before Him just as we are; nothing pretentious, but down-to-earth openness.
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. 2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications (Psalm 130:1-2).
God knows the real person behind the mask!
O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off (Psalm 139:1-2).
Even though God knows everything about us, it’s still necessary for our emotional healing to humble ourselves and express our honest feelings. How else can we get to the truth of the matter if we keep our true selves covered up? When we drop the masks (even the ones we wear privately) we might learn a few things about ourselves. What a relief it is to be able to take the masks off, and just be real with God. Whew!
God is multilingual—He translates our grunts, groans, and moans.
There is nothing that’s so awful or reprehensible that we can’t talk to God about. We don’t have to use pretty-flowery words; as a matter of fact, we don’t need words. Our groans and grunts will speak volumes. The pressures of life can sometimes have us feeling like we’re in a sealed can ready to erupt. How dangerous is it for that impact to explode at an inopportune time, like on our jobs?
God knows how to relieve the pressures.
But when you take your burdens to your heavenly Father, He will relieve the mounting pressures. All you have to do is approach Him by faith with a sincere heart. God will not tell your secrets; so, you can tell Him everything that is weighing you down. You can tell Him things you wouldn’t, and perhaps shouldn’t, tell another living soul. You can just be yourself and let the Holy Spirit comfort you as you confide in Him. He will hold you in His arms and lead you in the way you should go.
Afterwards, wipe your eyes and blow your nose, and keep trudging forward, because you have dropped the mask and received supernatural strength from the Lord (Psalm 121:1-2).
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
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