Keep it real

Psalm 38:9,10

Sometimes it’s difficult to be real with people. You don’t know how they’ll react to what you share with them. Will they be shocked by your admissions? Will they reject or mock you? Will they betray your secrets to others? If you’ve been hurt, it can become harder and harder to reveal your heart.

But you can always be open with God because He knows the un-sugarcoated truth — all of your hopes, dreams, fears, wounds, insecurities, transgressions, and faults — all of it. King David writes,

“Lord, all my desire is before You; and my sighing is not hidden from You. My heart throbs, my strength fails me; and the light of my eyes, even that has gone from me” (Psalm 38:9,10).

Friend, God knows you — and He knows what is going on in you right now as you read this devotion. Whatever it is, perhaps you can’t share it with others. Whether it’s because you feel they just won’t understand the stress of your situation, because you don’t want to burden them with your troubles, or because you’re simply too uncomfortable to share it — you’re carrying it alone when you don’t have to.

Realize God loves and accepts you, no matter what is going on with you. He wants an intimate relationship with you, and He is eager to show you His presence, power, wisdom, and unconditional love in the most difficult circumstances of your life.

Whatever it is burdening your heart — give it to God. He already understands your pain and knows how to heal it. Open your heart to Him, confide in Him, and trust Him with your most profound thoughts and feelings. You’ll see that the saviour of your soul is also the dearest friend you’ll ever know.

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