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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

So You Are Mad at God?

He did not give you what you wanted, or maybe you are blaming him for taking away something or someone that was dear to your heart. Maybe you have a burden to carry in life that you think is just not fair and you blame God for not treating you right. You prayed and He did not answer your prayer the way you expected or the way you wanted him to. You see others around you that seem far less worthy and yet they seem to prosper and be blessed and spared the painful trials that are your lot in life.

Without a doubt there are a lot of people who can see themselves in the words above. If you are angry with God chances are you are doing wrong things in your life to get even with him. If you aren’t doing that yet, you will. The first thing to consider is that you are going to lose this fight. You may treat your parents this way, or your wife or husband this way, and get away with it, but you will not treat God this way without suffering the consequences. He is God – not just another person! God is the One who is just and you are being unjust by being angry with him.

The basic problem here is that you have decided God is not fair. You have decided what is just and unjust based on your own personal desires and opinions, and then you have laid your homemade measure up to God. You have condemned yourself by doing this, because Jesus said: “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” (Mat 7:2) You will be judged by the same measure with which you judge others – including God. You have judged God according to your idea of justice and so you will have to measure up to the same standard.

Apparently, your idea of justice is that God should do exactly as you please. If He denies you what you want from him then He has not treated you fairly. So here is a question for you: How have you treated God? Have you done exactly as He wanted you to since the day you were born? If you are honest you must admit that you have denied God most of what He has asked of you. In fact, if you are honest at all you will have to acknowledge that you have hurt God and wronged him more times than anyone can count. How did God react when you treated him wrong? Did He react to you the way you are reacting to what you think are His wrongs? Absolutely not! We all know that God forgives! He is not only willing to forgive, but He came to earth and put himself in a body of flesh like ours and allowed himself to be beaten, spit upon, and put to death for the wrongs you have done to him. And you can’t allow him any space? There is no room in your heart to forgive him for the perceived wrong that you think He has dealt to you? Because you cannot have things your way you are going to abandon God forever, defile your body, pollute your mind, and wreck your home to get even with him? What kind of a wretched creature would do that? If you demand your kind of justice then you will be judged by your kind of justice. But it is far better to base your relationship with God on mercy and forgiveness because it works both ways.

And here’s the truth of the matter: God has never done anyone wrong! The injustices, the evil, the bad things that happen in this world are the result of sin – NOT a loving God! It was BECAUSE of all this injustice and misery God was made flesh, suffered, and died. God isn’t about sending trouble to make you miserable, He is about delivering you from trouble if you will turn to him and trust him. Remember, He is the Savior! You have not suffered the injustice or the pain He suffered!

Another thing you must consider is the fact that God knows more than we do. We only see the present and we are blinded by the circumstances, but God sees past all that and has a plan to do something wonderful with you through your trouble. He does make all things work together for good to them that love God. By being angry with God and rebelling against him you are wrecking the plan of God and making the world a more miserable place.

The thing that has made you angry with God is not anything that others haven’t suffered also. All our trials are “common to man.” You are just so full of self-pity and plain-old selfishness that you think you have had to endure something beyond what any other human has ever had to suffer. I wonder what your trial would look like if it were laid alongside some of the trials others have had to endure through the ages? Many have been burned at the stake, or had their children tortured and killed in front of their eyes. Others have lost everything simply because they refused to deny the Christ that redeemed their soul. There is no cruelty, or hardship, or tragedy that has not been done to the people of God through the ages. But you have been wronged so much more than they and therefore you have a right to be mad at God. I’m telling you that you will want to find a place to crawl and hide yourself when we all stand before God. Your trial may be hard and your burden may be heavy, but chances are you are rubbing shoulders with people who are carrying heavier burdens and have endured harder trials that you know nothing about. The hardest trials are those that are endured in secret without the comfort of the prayers and sympathy of others.

Those who are truly right with God will love him with all their heart. If a person truly has a relationship of love with God they will not be able to walk out on him like you are doing. When you love someone and your lives are all tied up together you will find a way to forgive any wrong, or perceived wrong because you cannot face life without them. If you truly love God you would be willing to forgive him even if He did do you wrong. Job said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” It is unjust for you to expect God to forgive you while you refuse Him any grace or mercy at all.

So are you going to throw your life away because you are mad at God? While you are doing that you are going to be throwing away your children’s lives also. Remember that! Add to that list your spouse and your parents and anyone else who has looked to you as an example. But that is all OK, isn’t it, because everyone else needs to suffer because you didn’t get your perfect wish?

Of all the beings in the universe, God is the last One anyone has a right to be angry with. He is the only One that is completely just and right. He is the ONLY One that can be trusted completely. For blind, sinful creatures such as we to charge God with injustice is certainly one of the most abominable things a human can do.

If this little article has described you then you must turn from this evil now. You will see, as multitudes have seen through the ages, that God IS faithful. You just haven’t waited long enough to see what He has in mind. Trust Him! Whatever it is that you are angry with God about is now a part of your life – with God or without Him. If it is that great a burden it will be much easier to bear with God’s help and grace. You need Him, and He will be there for you if you will let him. And one more thing you must know: God will not hold a grudge. He will forgive you of this wicked thing if you will come to Him in repentance and faith. He desires reconciliation because He loves you and He wants you in spite of how you feel about Him right now. Wouldn’t it be better to find the sweetness that the person who wrote the words below found in their trial than to continue in the bitterness that is eating your soul right now?

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

Why don’t you turn back to God and trade your misery for joy and peace?

Mike Miller
Monday, June 15, 2009

Straight Paths Bible Church
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