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Angry at God

You’ve been wronged, you’ve been hurt, you’ve been cheated and you are angry at God.

Whatever negative thing that’s happened in your life may leave you feeling like God doesn’t care—or wondering why He didn’t intervene when He should have. How can you possibly trust Him? Isn’t He supposed to love you? Maybe you’re not even sure He exists.

It’s OK to question the trials that you or someone you love are facing. Throughout history, people have struggled to understand why these things happen. Even people in the Bible like King David, Moses and Habakkuk didn’t hesitate to tell God how they felt.

David wrote, “How long, Lord? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your anger keep burning like fire?” (Psalm 89:46). The Prophet Habakkuk cried out, “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!‘ but you do not save?” (Habakkuk 1:2). Moses, as he was leading a group of complaining people to their homeland, said to God, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you…?” (Numbers 11:11).

These great Biblical figures weren’t immune to suffering and feelings of injustice. They were honest about their feelings, but also acknowledged that God is holy and that His ways are above our ways (Isaiah 55:8).

There’s a difference between wrestling with questions and defiant rebellion against God—between expressing our anger to God and being angry at God. The first is perfectly fine and even healthy, but it’s not OK to be mad at God.

As imperfect, finite people, it’s not our place to be angry with an all-powerful God. He sees the big picture; we don’t. He holds the world in balance; we don’t. So what right do we have to disapprove of what He allows?

God didn’t create evil, and He’s not out to harm you. Whatever you’ve experienced isn’t a personal attack from God, but either a result of the evil and unfairness in the world, or a refining by God to ultimately strengthen you because of His love for you.

Anger is a valid reaction to hardship, but when left unchecked, it can lead to hostility or bitterness and eat at you from the inside out. That’s why the Bible says in Ephesians 4:26, “Be angry, and do not sin”—because when we give anger a foothold, it can lead to all kinds of negative thoughts and actions.

The burden you bear, the problem you face, the affliction you can’t shake—it may be painful, overwhelming and frustrating. Whatever it is, there’s nothing wrong with telling God about it. In fact, He already knows! Just be sure you’re not directing your anger at the One who loves you and wants to help you through it.

Don’t let anger drive a wedge between you and God. Discover the depth of His love for you today.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?