Is it okay to be angry with God?



I have on many occasions heard people say, “It’s okay to be angry with God.  Just tell Him how you feel.  He can handle it.”

Certainly God can handle it
.  Being omnipotent, He’s able to handle anything.  God is not nervous!  And telling Him how I feel will not introduce any new information to His already omniscient Being!  He knows everything already – and that from all eternity.  He cannot learn – He knows everything already. 

But does God’s omnipotence and omniscience mean it is therefore “okay to be angry with God?”  No.  Considering the following verse:

“They will say of Me, ‘Only in the LORD are righteousness and strength.’ Men will come to Him, and all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.” (Isaiah 45:24)

Did you get the last part?  All who were angry with God will be put to shame.  Why put to shame?  Because only “in the Lord are righteousness and strength.”  He is the only Person who has never made a mistake.  He’s never failed to act justly or lovingly.  If you and I had the advantages of His view, we’d never think of accusing Him of wrongdoing.

So the bottom line is this:  It’s never okay to be angry with God.  If you’re mad at Him then you are wrong.  You are in sin.  And you are dangerously close to being humiliated before Him.  Better deal with it.

How does one deal with anger towards God?  The first thing is to admit it.  Go ahead and tell Him.  He knows it anyway.  Yep, He can handle it.  But also confess to Him that you don’t understand why certain things have happened and that you are tempted to accuse Him of being cruel and uncaring, but then admit that you know that is sin.  You are mistaken.  Ask Him to forgive you and to help you see your life and circumstances from His perspective.

He knows you are hurting.  He wants to heal your wounds.  Always consider the Cross.  The Cross where God gave His own Son to save us from sin and death is the central fact of history.  It’s the one thing that if properly understood actually helps us handle anything and everything that happens.  Yes, bad things happen to good people.  Look at Jesus.  But God didn’t leave Him in the grave, did He?  Nope.  He raised Him up.  It’s not over until it’s over.

His perspective is always liberating and brings hope.

And never forget the great New Covenant promise:  “No one who puts their hope in Him will be disappointed.” (Romans 10:11)

But remember that hope has to do with the future more than the past or even present.  You may have to endure some tough times and some seasons of waiting before you will see God’s goodness wipe away every tear. But bank on it, if you continue to trust Him, in the end you will be glad you did!  You will not be disappointed!

One thought on “Is it okay to be angry with God?

  1. Daniel says:

    Dane, great post. It’s easy to become angry with God if you allow the Devil to have a foothold in your life. Following Peter’s warning in verse 8 will allow Christ to grow us as seen in verse 10! 1 Peter 5:6-10 6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. _______ Daniel, Wow.  I haven’t seen 1 Pet 5 in exactly that application before.  Rom 8:28-29 says that God is working ALL things together for our good. (This “good” is, as you pointed out, Christ growing in us/being formed in us and bringing us into full stature).  If I fail to connect with God’s great purpose in ANY of life’s difficulties, not realizing that He is doing a great work, even if presently painful, then I’m not only limiting God….but as you say, I’m actually playing into Satan’s hand.  There is a dimension of spiritual warfare going on here that I had not considered.  Thanks for the additional thoughts, Daniel. Do you have a blog? Dane

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