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Topic: Anger (01/24/05)
TITLE: Bound in Bitterness
By Mitzi Busby
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It was to no avail. Dawn’s dad walked out the door, abandoning both she and her mother. She felt unloved and rejected. The pain that she saw her mother experiencing was almost more than she could bear. That one event in her life shaped her in so many ways in the future.
“But, God, I prayed that Daddy would stay,” Dawn prayed angrily. “Where are you? Have you also abandoned me?”
Dawn was furious, yet crushed inwardly all at the same time.
The event of her dad leaving planted a bitter seed inside of her that grew like a wild weed for years. Dawn was so angry at God, not understanding how he could allow her life to be utterly devastated. The anger and bitterness locked her in bondage for the early part of her life.
In the words of Job 23: 1-5,
“Even today my complaint is bitter;
His hand is heavy in spite of my groaning.
If only I knew where to find him;
If only I could go to his dwelling!
I would state my case before him
And fill my mouth with arguments.
I would find out what he would answer me,
And consider what he would say…
The anger within the heart of Dawn only grew deeper as the teen years passed and she grew into a young adult. The feelings became destructive to her health, causing anxiety and migraine headaches.
Dawn came to a place where she broke down before God and cried out to him. She realized that he had been there along the entire journey. She remembered the truths in his Word, “You love the just and will not forsake your faithful ones. They will be protected forever (Ps. 37:28). Her justification was found in Jesus her Savior (Rom. 8:30).
The chains of bondage that began at childhood fell away and Dawn was free.
She found complete healing and restoration in her Lord. She has a Father who will never turn away from her, who is always faithful and true. He blesses His children beyond measure and knows how to give good gifts.
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