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Angry at God: What to Do Now?

Have you ever been angry at God? It's an odd experience, isn't it? You have this burning emotion toward Him, but you're uneasy about it, because He is GOD! Little you, little me, mad at the Creator of the Universe?! It feels kind of arrogant, doesn't it? At the same time, it's there and it's not something that should be just swept under the rug.

Angry at God: What to Do Now?

God can handle your honesty. And that's good news. Maybe you're mad at Him right now. What do you do when you're mad at God? Are you honest with Him or do you act like He is oblivious to it and stuff it deep down inside of your heart (only to have it burst back up later)?

Angry at God: He Can Handle Your Honesty

Difficulty, pain, suffering, strife, and the like are so prevalent in our lives. We have a lot to be thankful for at the same time. But sometimes the difficulties are too great for us to not become overwhelmed by them. 

We all have scars from our past and many of us are gaining some new ones in the present. And even though we've gotten through them all (hence, we're alive and kickin'), we still can become angry at the fact that we're going through what we're going through. And we know that the Bible says that there is purpose in our pain. We've been reminded this often by friends, pastors, and strangers. We've seen countless Scripture quote graphics on social media. We get it. There's hope in the midst of our pain. 

But still... The anger is still present. So what do we do?

What a Man After God's Heart Did When He Was Angry With God

"Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?" - Psalm 10:1

David started with the issue. WHY GOD?!

There are so many injustices in this world, there are so many elements of trouble in this world. Where are you? It seems as though you don't care!

This was David's frustration (Psalm 10:2-11):

2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised. 

3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. 

4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” 

5 His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them. 

6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.” 

7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. 

8 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; 9 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net. 

10 The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might. 11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

David saw all these injustices around him and he wondered where God was in it all. I see all these wicked people and it seems as they are being rewarded for there wickedness! That doesn't seem fair, right?

He continues (Psalm 10:12-15):

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.

13 Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?

14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

God, please do something! Yes, I know. You do see! Please bring about justice to the evildoers. 

This is David's plea.

And then he says this (Psalm 10:16-18):

16 The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.

17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Do you see that? David comes all the way around to pointing to what God is doing and will do. He doesn't leave his anger where it's at.

David Shows Us 4 Things

  1. Be honest with God about what's on your mind.
  2. Explain what's on your mind beyond just, "I'M MAD!"
  3. Ask God to take action.
  4. Remind yourself that God is at work.
I think this is a good framework for how to handle those times when you're angry at God.

Be honest with Him. Explain your feelings and ask Him to take action. Then be level-headed enough to remind yourself that God is always at work in the midst of the messes of life. 

Additionally...

A great thing for you to do as you continue your journey with God is to get into a Christ-centered, purposeful community where you can have these honest conversations with other Christ followers. 

The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone, so take a leap and join a community group.

Not convinced? Give this a read: 5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Community Group

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