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"God! You Don't Understand!"

"But God, you don't understand!"

Do you ever feel like God doesn't really "get" how you feel?

I sometimes do.

In fact, I was having one of those moments the other day, and I was reminded of a story: Lazarus being raised from death.

There are a couple of things to be noted about the responses to the entire situation.

First, look at Jesus’ reaction:

"Jesus saw her weeping, and he saw how the people with her were weeping also; his heart was touched, and he was deeply moved...Jesus wept." - John 11:33, 35 (GNT)

Jesus crying over the death of his friend Lazarus is so much more than a few tears shed. He clearly was affected by the loss and pain. Even though he knew Lazarus would live again, Jesus still felt the ache of the broken hearts around him. I believe this is an obvious sign from Christ of compassion, understanding, and empathy for our "humanness.”

Second, look at Mary's initial reaction to Jesus when he showed up:

“If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died!” - John 11:21 (GNT)

Ummm...I think Mary was a little upset. In her grief, she blamed Jesus for her brother's death, and Jesus totally allowed her to do so because he understood. He understood her anger, her pain, and her grief at losing someone so precious to her.

Emotional breakdowns seem to be inevitable at times. In those moments, remind yourself of Lazarus' story. Jesus has a very special connection to the human heart. He feels what you feel. He knows your hurt. He knows your anger. He knows.

"You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts...Your knowledge of me is too deep; it is beyond my understanding." - Psalm 139:2, 6 (GNT)

He really does get it.