don't talk like that!
Don’t talk like that! You can’t say that!
People say a lot of things to or about God. I can imagine a handful of scenarios where we might well encourage someone to watch their words. We certainly have a lot of cautions from the Bible regarding how we talk. However, consider the following phrases. Can you say these things to God…or even pray them?
• “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?”
• “You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them.”
• “Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.”
Apparently the answer is “yes.” They’re all from the Psalms. (82:2, 88:8, 3:7)
Can you be frustrated with God – and let him know it – saying even something like this? “O Lord, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.”
This is a quote from the prophet Jeremiah (20:7).
God told Moses he would be His deliverer to bring the Israelites out of Egypt (Ex.3). But, when things didn’t start very well, Moses told the Lord, “Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all."
In the Gospel reading from this Sunday, we heard some pretty audacious things from the disciple named Thomas. But Jesus wasn’t put-out by it. He didn’t reprimand him…not even a little bit.
You know what He did instead? He showed up. He delivered His peace. He addressed the disciples anxiety and calmed their fear. It’s as if Jesus values our spiritual honesty, isn’t caught by surprise by anything we say, and draws near to His people in times of need.
Pretty cool, huh?