“They do not cry to Me from their hearts, but they wail upon their beds.” (Hosea 7:14)
Can we relate to God’s people in this verse? They had allowed their desperation to throw them into a downward emotional spiral and there seemed no way out. It happens to all of us at times. But we don’t have to stay there.
Do you see the alternative God gives? He invites us to cry to Him from our hearts. How do we do that? We get out of our beds, move intentionally into His presence, look at Him, pause, and realize who He is. Then, we are ready for heartfelt prayer. When the focus is on Him and not on us, we turn our situation over to the One who loves us completely and the only One who can actually do something about the problems we face.
Then, over time, we find the Holy Spirit makes a great exchange for us.
- He takes our anxiety and gives us peace.
- He takes our self-pity and gives us trust.
- He takes our desperation and gives us hope.
We get to choose: Wailing? Or honest prayer? God is waiting at this very moment to hear the cries of our heart.
“God wants to completely fill you and unite Himself to you. Let the vain, complaining babble of self-love be silenced so that in the stillness of the heart you may listen to the love of God.” – Francois de Fenelon