Have you ever been so upset that you couldn't even speak? Have you ever allowed your disappointments to turn to bitterness? Well my friends I have and I am sure that I am not alone. I can remember a time when I allowed my situations to overshadow my faith in God. I was so disappointed in my own situation that I became bitter. When a friend shared with me that many people were worse off than me, I didn't want to hear that. I wanted her to join in on my bitterness. Whoa, thank the Lord for deliverance and salvation.
Don't beat yourself up when life is taking a different turn that you expected. When you find yourself in the "bitterness lane" ask God to comfort you. Don't allow your circumstances to harden your heart. When Hannah couldn't conceive a male child she cried out to God, "And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish." - 1 Samuel 1:10. But her story doesn't end there. Eli the priest was watching her. 1 Samuel 1:13 tells us, "Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk." Was she drunk? No, she was pouring her heart out to God. When you keep God in your heart, He will answer your prayers. Look what He did for Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:20, "So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.” Don't allow bitterness to enter into your heart as you wait on God's answer to your prayers. Sometimes we have to keep our words silent and speak from our hearts.
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