You fear you won’t make it through this. You feel the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. Whatever you are going through – financial woes, relationship predicaments, health crises, career misfortunes, grief valleys – you CAN get through it!
Here’s how…start by groaning about it!
We can respond in one of two ways to suffering: groaning or grumbling. Groaning and grumbling can seem similar, but there are critical differences. Both are responses to suffering, but their sources and their direction are different. Groaning is a response to the weight of suffering, and it is directed toward God as an honest expression of pain, grief, and sorrow. Grumbling also reflects the weight of suffering, but it springs from anger and resentment toward God. It lacks a memory of His past faithfulness. Groaning expresses an element of hope in God, despite current sufferings, but grumbling reflects a lack of hope and faith and is accompanied by a sense of doom. In the Bible, we see that God responds to groaning with mercy, but he responds to grumbling with anger and discipline. God wants to hear your vomit of groans. Groaning is a godly way to grieve our losses and get through whatever it is we are going through.
So whatever it is you are going through, the loss of a loved one, a betrayal by a close friend, more month than money, a bad test result, unfaithfulness in your marriage, being laid off from your job, or a deep, dark depression, have you been groaning or grumbling? You CAN get through this. Start by groaning about it!
So, son of man, groan! Double up in pain. Make a scene!
Ezekiel 21:6 (The Message)