Thursday, December 6, 2012

What is Bitterness? Pt. 1

Bitter- being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is peculiarly acrid, astringent, or disagreeable and suggestive of an infusion of hops

In life, things go sour.  Friendships may end, plans may fail, and situations that we would never dream of are suddenly knocking at our front door.  When this happens, an attitude of bitterness can set in which is contrary to God's attitude.

When researching the word bitterness, I came across the definition above.  I found it to be very interesting.  The word bitter is compared to four basic taste sensations of a sour nature.

The first word describing bitter is acrid.

Acrid-1. sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent (intense) in taste and odor: irritating

As I read the definition of acrid, I was reminded of the verse of scripture that discusses how the offerings presented to God should be of a sweet smelling savor Exodus 29:18. The sweet smelling savor describes something that is pleasant, fragrant, soothing, pleasing to the senses, pleasing to one mentally-emotionally-spiritually.  However, if we operate out of an attitude of bitterness, it becomes a stench in God's nostril.

Let's say that you are praying for finances.  You have been standing on God's Word believing Him to open up doors for you.  However, things are slow.  You have been praying and there are no visible changes.  Gradually bitterness set in.  Now you are doubting God's very existence.  Whenever you do muster up the strength to pray, you enter into God's presence with a rushed "hurry up God" attitude.  You complain to God about not having enough money and how unfair it is. You point to other people who are doing great and wondering why not you.  "If only God would cooperate with me", you think.  Do you believe you will receive anything from the Lord with that attitude?  If a child runs to his mother demanding pop tarts and whining "I need pop tarts, Gimme pop tarts" what kind of response would the child get?  Would the mother refuse the pop tarts because of the way she was approached?  Certainly.  Do you not think God is the same way with us?  Does he not want us to approach His throne with the right attitude?

Sometimes we may be praying for a breakthrough when it is our attitude hindering our blessing.

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