Have you ever got angry with God?
I read an online bible study about it at www.dougbrittonbooks.com.
Here it is..
Read Psalm 22 (verses 1-6 and 22-31).
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
Why are You so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry out by day, but You do not answer, by night, and am not silent. Yet You are enthroned as the Holy One; You are the praise of Israel.
In You our fathers put their trust; they trusted and You delivered them.
They cried to You and were saved; in You they trusted and were not disappointed. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people (Psalm 22:1-6).
I will declare Your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise You. You who fear the LORD, praise Him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor Him!
Revere Him, all you descendants of Israel!
For He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; He has not hidden His face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
From You comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear You will I fulfill my vows.
The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise Him—may your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before Him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and He rules over the nations.
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before Him—those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Posterity will serve Him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn—for He has done it. (Psalm 22:22-31).
Key points about being angry with God:
One thing I appreciate about God is that I can be real with Him.
If I am angry with God, I can be honest about it instead of thinking I must hide it or act “religious.” I know this by reading in the Psalms about times when David openly expressed anger or frustration with God.
Although it’s a normal thing to do, it’s a shame when we get angry with God, for He is our bestfriend. Yet since we are people, it happens.
What’s both interesting and encouraging is that almost every time David expressed complaints toward God, he ended up praising God. That’s a good resolution to our anger.
(Notice that in verses 1-6 of Psalm 22, David voices his complaint. Yet in verses 22-31, he praises God)
It’s just the same with our (human) friends.
We get angry with them at times, yet in the end we turn back to them since we love them and we know they love us.
I’m not saying it’s a good thing to get angry with God.
When I do, I am showing how little I understand His love, His goodness, and His purpose. I need to face my anger and deal with it, as David did.
Plus, the better I know God, and the longer I walk with him, the less likely I am to be angry with Him.
But, if I do get angry, I am glad He understands and helps me come to a place of repentance.