Last night, I was complaining to God asking, “Why God, why? And how much longer …?” I don’t understand why people have to suffer. So I ask God, talk to Him, or maybe I should just call it complaining. I think it is healthy to complain to God. I think it is healthier than complaining to a friend or relative. God can handle anything, people can’t. God doesn’t mind us complaining to him. I mean truly, why would He not long to hear the honest cries of His people? John Goldingay author of Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Gospel says, “In such times of crisis, Yhwh listens to Israel’s cry, helps and delivers, so that the people triumph. “ God longs to comfort us just like a mother comforts her newborn. Newborns can fuss and fuss and fuss, but a healthy mother longs to comfort and sooth her baby. God too, longs to comfort us.
Reflecting on how God wants to comfort me this week I dwelt on the thought, -God longs to comfort me like a mother, and protect me like a father. God can comfort me in the night, and correct me in the day. Goldingay speaks of Yhwh being “a passionate and therefore jealous and angry lover.” He was upset when the Israelites followed after other gods. He desired all of them “the entire person, inward and outward”, and He desires all of us. I am glad God longs for us. I am glad He desires to hear our hearts whether they are sad, happy, excited, frustrated, angry, etc. He wants all of us, and I hope you can say with me, I want all of Him.
 Goldingay, John. Old Testament Theology Volume One Israel’s Gospel. Madison: IVP Academic, 2003. pg. 623
 Ibid., pg. 633.
 Ibid., pg. 624