Daily Reflections

Clenched Fists

February 12, 2023 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. —Hebrews 4:15

Iremember sitting at my brother’s memorial service and hearing one of the preachers say, “It’s not wrong to ask why as long as you ask

not with a clenched fist but with a searching heart.” I’ve never forgotten those words.

There’s a difference between the honest questions we ask God and the demands we hurl at Him when we feel like He is not giving us the answers we want in the timeframe we have set. A big difference.

Tell me why You did this . . . clenched fist. I don’t understand, but I trust Your ways . . . searching heart.

Let me know how much longer I have to endure this . . . clenched fist.
This hurts, but my time is in your hands and I know You are near . . . searching heart.

Our anger doesn’t keep God from speaking, it keeps us from hearing. God sympathizes with our weakness; He understands the broken heart. So unclench your fists, open your heart, and invite His calming grace.

Make it Personal

What questions do you have for God? Place them before Him and ask Him to fill you with His peace no matter what the answer.