Bitterness of Soul
The Bible speaks often of bitterness of soul (1 Samuel 1:10; Job 3:20; Job 7:11; Job 10:1; Job 21:25; Isaiah 38:15). In Job 10:1, Job speaks in the bitterness of his soul when he is weary of his life. In 1 Samuel 1:10, Hannah "was in bitterness of soul" when she spoke to the Lord concerning her desire for a son. It is no coincidence that the majority of these references occur in the Book of Job. Perhaps no person endured more affliction of soul than did Job. He was afflicted so deeply that he cursed the day that he was born (Job 3:1). His bitterness of soul caused him to sin against the Lord. Hannah, however, spoke to the Lord in bitterness of soul and entrusted her bitterness to Him.
- (For smaller children) Esau cried bitterly when he learned Jacob had stolen his blessing. He hated Jacob. Instead of going to God with his problem, he comforted himself by planning to kill Jacob. Jacob found out and had to leave home. God never approves of bitterness.
- Are you in bitterness of soul? Do you allow that bitterness to drive you to the Lord or draw you away from Him? Job mishandled his bitterness. What will you do?
- Bitterness that is given to the Lord can be turned into a blessing (i.e., Hannah). Will you give your bitterness to Him, or will you allow it to grow inside of you causing you to sin against Him?
- Ask God to identify bitterness in your soul.
- Ask God to give you strength to yield your bitterness to Him.
Tell it to Jesus
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