A Letter to God

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, June 21, 2019

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1

In this age of email and text, most people do not take the time to write letters to each other anymore. Instead, they try to say everything in 29 words or less so they can tweet it. However, there are times when we have to be loquacious. Indeed, there may be times when we have to empty the reservoir of our soul because we really want God and others to know the way we really feel.

In the Old Testament David had the habit of writing letters to God when he faced adversity and felt abandoned by the Almighty. I too like to write letters to God. I find it therapeutic to pen my emotions, my struggles, my disappointments, my hope and dreams, my frustrations, as well as share my moments of joy with the Almighty.

Most of us fail to realize that the Bible is God’s letter to us. In it, the Almighty expresses his frustration, disappointment, sadness, as well as provides necessary instructions for us to live a fulfilled life before leaving earth. In God’s letter to us, he expresses his love for his creation. He vents about our disobedience warns us against our spiritual enemy, assures us of his eternal presence, and promises eternal life.

When we read God’s letter, we feel empowered, encouraged, loved, blessed, as well as grow in knowledge and wisdom. His letter appeals to people of all races, nationality, ethnicity, economic status, and political persuasion. That letter is sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ. All that is required of God’s creation is to read the letter. Yet more than half of the world’s population have not read it or refuse to read it.

Have you ever written a letter to God? What would you say in your letter to God? Perhaps you should take some time after reading this devotional to write a letter to God. Don’t worry, you can be as honest as possible with the Lord. If you are frustrated with him, say so. He wants you to admit it when you are angry with him or disappointed because of a delayed blessing.

God does not want artificial platitudes. He wants confessions of the heart. He invites us to be truthful and authentic. That is precisely what David did throughout his letters to God. Psalm 4 is David’s letter to God to pour out his complaint against slanderous enemies and express his urgent need for help. He is direct in his language and makes known his intent without reservation.

David begins the letter by demanding that God “answer me” (v. 1). Only someone who reverences God can talk to God with such boldness. Yet, that is precisely the type of relationship God invites us all to have with him. David wrote more letters to praise God than most other people in the Bible. However, he did not shy away from letting God know exactly how he felt.

If you are in a season of favor and bountiful blessings, write a letter to God to thank him for his abundant grace. Are you struggling with an illness, or unemployment, or a failed marriage, or the loss of a job? Write a letter to God to let him know about your disappointment, your frustration, and your struggle. That letter can even be therapeutic. Those who are in the process of implementing a God-given vision for their ministry or their vocation but are facing unexpected challenges should write a letter to God to give him updates about the implementation of the vision and to ask for clarity and wisdom to complete the task in question.

My point is, we can, and should write a letter to God at any point in life. Perhaps someday, other people will read our letters and be encouraged just as we are encouraged by David’s letters. So go ahead, start your “Dear God,” letter today. He is waiting to read and share it with the heavenly hosts.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, may the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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