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’s Purpose: Peace and Life

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and eternal life.

The Bible says:

"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 5:1

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

"I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
John 10:10

What keeps us from having the life God planned for us?

Step 2 – The Problem: Our Separation from God

God created us in His image. He gave us a will and the freedom of choice; we choose to disobey Him and go our own way—which is called sin. This separates us from God.

The Bible says:

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 6:23

Our choice to sin separates us from God. People have tried many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.

The Bible says:

"There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."
Proverbs 14:12

"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."
Isaiah 59:2

No bridge reaches God... except one.

Step 3 – God’s Bridge: The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. When He did He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between us and God.

The Bible says:

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus."
1 Timothy 2:5

"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."
1 Peter 3:18

God has provided the only way back to Him. You must make a choice.

Step 4 – Our Response: Receive Christ

We must trust and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The Bible says:

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
John 1:12

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

Which side are you on? The side with Christ or without Him?

Here is how you can accept Christ into your life:

We suggest a prayer like this one:

"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?

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