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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Being Angry With God...

...seems to me to be a Christian's greatest secret. Why? Because you should always praise him through any adversity in your life, right? And just who are we to question Him, anyway? Well, perhaps that is true, but equally evident are the prayers of several men of God who were pretty angry and had a bone to pick with their heavenly Father.
  • Psalm 13:1-3
  • Psalm 22:1-2
  • Jeremiah 12:1
  • Habakkuk 1:2-3

A friend in our bible study tonight summed it up best by saying, "No one can handle your anger better than God". What it means to me is this: No, it's not right to be angry with God, but it is right and just to express every emotion in your heart to the Father. Even that type communion is welcomed by your Creator who longs to hear you lay out all parts of your heart. There's a benefit to being "real" in your prayer life, I think, in that even expressing the tough emotions can ultimately bring you closer to Him. And by getting closer to God perhaps we can shed some of the anger and move in a direction toward praise.

I'm not being Pollyannish in my thoughts on the subject. Anger toward God is real and probably more common among Christians than people will admit. However, expression of that anger to God is a powerful and surprisingly welcomed thing if from the heart. If being real with each other is important, how much more so that we keep it real with Him?

1 comment:

Rick said...

Very well put. Dang it.

Seriously, it's a "secret", I think, because people are angry, but they think it's not worth voicing, or it's wrong so repress it, or He won't hear anyway. As you pointed out, all of the above are false.