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!