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.
Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!
Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.
Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!
Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
"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?