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

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

Abandonment
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)

Love
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?

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About Dan Butz

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

  1. ellzey says:

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

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