Emotional Tension 2

As we are looking at our emotions during our current series, I thought I would post a few ideas about Dan Allender’s book, “Cry of the Soul.” This is from Chapter 3 Relationships: The Context of the Cry.

Relational Movement Fight Response Flight Response
Attack (against) Anger Fear
Abandonment (away) Jealousy Despair
Love (towards) Contempt Shame

Anger – Is God Just? Will God let the wicked win? (FIGHT)
Fear – Will God protect me? (Flight)

Jealousy – Is God good? Will God satisfy my hunger? Will God leave me empty and bless others? (FIGHT)
Despair – Is God good? Or will God leave me in this isolation? (flight)

Contempt – Is God good? Does God love me? Will God turn away from me in disgust? (FIGHT)
Shame – Does God love me or will he hate me when he sees who I really am? (Flight)

It seems to me and to Dan in his book, that the key questions about God are; Is God good? And Is God powerful? I know this truth intellectually, but knowing something intellectually is never enough. I must know this in a deeper way maybe a relational way. It seems that is how God spoke to David about these two big questions. This morning I read this in Psalm 62,

“Once God has spoken;
twice I have heard this:
that power belongs to God,
and that to you , O Lord, belongs
steadfast love.”
How have you come to know that God is both powerful and good?
How do you still need to learn that God is both powerful and good?

About Dan Butz

I work with Cru in Leadership Development.
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1 Response to Emotional Tension 2

  1. ellzey says:

    Psalms 62 has been one of my favorites for several years now!

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