March 12 (Lent, Day 11): We Have Had Enough

March 12 (Lent, Day 11): We Have Had Enough

Chris Rowekamp

Chris Rowekamp

“Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt. Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.”
—Psalm 123:3-4 ESV


Like the author of this Psalm, we all reach moments in life when we have simply had enough. When we can’t take it anymore.

I love that these words are in the Bible because they remind me that we can bring our rawest emotions to God.

He won’t be upset or punish us for complaining.

No, these words of complaint, of lament, are part of the biblical model of prayer found in the Psalms.

If you’re fed up and at the end of your rope, tell God about it.

A major part of our pilgrimage to the place of God’s presence involves opening up with God.

Coming out of hiding.

And here’s the thing: dishonesty is pointless, because God already knows your deepest secrets.

And he loves you.

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Inhale: God,
Exhale: I won’t hide any longer.

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