I heard many times how people blame God for problems, pain, and perplexities in their lives. Some even said that they are angry at God. Are you angry at God for something that hurt you deeply? Is anger toward God justifiable?
Job had serious questions to God. It seems as if there might be anger in his bitter complaint …
“Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning. If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments” (Job 23:2–4). God answers Job with these words … “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge? … Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? … Would you discredit my justice? Would you condemn me to justify yourself?” (Job 38:2; 40:2, 8)
What is the answer to such intense anger against God? Can it be resolved? And if so, how?
- Know Who God is – His Character: He is just – Deuteronomy 32:4 “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” His ways are just – Revelation 15:3 “Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.” He is love – 1 John 4:8 “God is love.” His love is directed toward all people – John 3:16 “God so loved the world.”
- Get an Idea of God’s Purposes: He brings good out of evil – Romans 8:28 “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” He turns crying into dancing and sorrow into joy – Psalm 30:11 “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.” He uses sufferings to produce perseverance, character, and hope – Romans 5:3–5 “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” He uses our troubles to teach us compassion – 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
- God has a Plan: He offers salvation to all – John 3:17 “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” He will bless those who persevere under trial – James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial.” He will bring His righteous judgment on those who are evil – Romans 2:8–9 “For those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” He will one day make everything new for His true believers – Revelation 21:3–4 “The dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Job, who at one time had bitterness toward God, ultimately realised that he had misplaced anger. With deepest remorse, he admitted his wrong … “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted … My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:2, 5–6)