Are you Angry at God?
Are you Angry at God?
As we consider what is happening in our lives in the events that have caused us so much pain we may blame God for these events. After all He is all-powerful He could have stopped this from happening. If He is all loving, He could have protected my heart and spared me this pain. But He didn’t. He turned away and chose not to. So how can I trust a God like that – a God who would let something like this happen in my life? Have you ever said these words or similar words to these? Or at least thought them? Have you gotten to the place where being mad at your offender isn’t quite enough for you anymore? In your search for answers and justification, have you turned instead to wag your finger toward the heavens and let God have it for treating you the way He has? Or maybe there is just a simmering resentment. Can such feelings and accusations be warranted against our God? Does God allow such talk from mankind that He created? Does our relationship with Him include the privilege of being this honest in our expressions? Do we ever have the right to be angry at God? Most of these questions we have thought at various times when adversity occurs in our lives.
Can I truly trust God when the going gets tough in all areas of my life?
The answers to these questions are found in God’s word. God intended Scripture to encourage us during our adversity. If we look at the people of the Bible that experienced adversity in their life: Paul, Abraham, Joseph, Jeremiah, and Job just to name a few. Elijah ran and hid from God. Moses tried to hurry God’s plan. All of these people are just like you and me. They had the same emotions that you and I have. Paul experienced anger, discouragement, fatigue, anxiety and he suffered as we suffer.
2 Timothy 4:9-18 tells us that during all the problems of our lives God is with us. Matthew 28:20 God promises us that He is always with us. Acts 18:10 God is with us. One of my favorite passages that provides strength for me during difficult times, as Paul was completing his last letter that he wrote to Timothy in 2 Timothy he tried to offer Timothy some encouraging words. 2 Timothy 4:17–18 (ESV) 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. God stands at our side and gives us strength during those difficult days.
As I have experienced adversity in my life and watched others experience adversity I have come to the conclusion that adversity will do one of two things. Draw us closer to God or drive us away from God. This is a choice that each of us must make when adversity comes into our life and it most surely will come.
Beware what you read on the Internet and in books. There are many opinions; some are good and follow God’s word. However there are opinions out there that oppose God’s word.
I recommend any of C. S. Lewis’ books.
“A grief observed” – his wife (Joy) died of cancer about two years after their marriage.
“The problem of pain”
“Surprised by Joy” – describes C. S. Lewis’ journey from atheism to Christianity.
Our trust in God must be based not on someone else’s experience but upon what God has told us about Himself in Scripture. I do not have the answers to the problems of life but in every situation that I have encountered I have found encouragement and strength from God’s word.
How has God’s word helped you through difficult times in your life?
Matthew 19:26 (ESV) 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”