O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises.
The very fist verse of the book of Habakkuk is, "The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw." This prophet of God was truly experiencing grief and pain in his soul and the first two sentences of that grief are expressed in the passage above. A lot of times believers feel this pressure to act as if everything is good and well when it isn't, like nothing should effect us to a point where would be feeling down or at some point even angry. While joy is to dominate the life of a believer, that doesn't mean we should never experience or allow ourselves to feel sorrow, pain, or anger.
In the example of Habakkuk, he cried out to God with how he truly felt about all the injustice taking place, how it burdened his heart, how he was distraught that it seemed like God wasn't doing anything about it. You see, God knows what our hearts and minds are really thinking so we can't pretend with Him when we tell Him one thing but our hearts speak a different message. God welcomes our petitions, our cries for help, our pleas for mercy when our souls are distraught. He meets us where we are at with the goal of bringing us through it so we can look back later and praise him for how He answered, even if His answer was by far different than what we were expecting, as was the case for Habakkuk if you keep reading. Point being, there is no need to fake it in Christianity and while I’m sure we are all guilty of doing it at times, God isn’t fooled, and His opinion of us is all that matters, so be genuine in your walk with God and enjoy the fact that He cares about us that much.
Pastor Jason Witt