The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. — EXODUS 2:23

To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.

Have you ever found yourself disappointed with where life has brought you? When that happens, instead of immediately going into problem-solving mode, it is often helpful to first grieve what’s been lost.

Consider, for example, the Hebrew people whose situation changed dramatically when a new Pharaoh came to power. Suffering under the harsh oppression of slavery, “they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage ascended to God” (Exodus 2:23). Far from being indifferent, the Lord listened to their lament (Exodus 3:7-9) and freed His people with stunning displays of power.

In a similar way, we are invited to grieve with the Lord (Psalm 56:8). He is not disappointed when we share our frustrations with Him—it keeps the dialogue open and lets Him into our sorrow. The important thing is to stay connected to God, no matter what we may be feeling.

Think and pray
It is better to express our negative feelings to the Lord than to express none at all. What do you want to share with Him today?

Lord, thank You for always being there, for always hearing my prayer, no matter what it is. Help me to know Your presence and find my confidence in You when I’m going through hardship. Amen.

In Touch Ministries is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley and is dedicated to leading people worldwide into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and strengthening the local church. This post first appeared on Used with permission.