The idea of being angry at God is not something we like to think about. Who wants to admit that they have ever felt angry at God? The truth is that most of us have at one time or another. If you haven’t, you probably will. This can leave believers feeling very confused about harboring this emotion against God.
The husband who is left to care for five children after the loss of his wife to cancer, the drunk driver who hit and kills three teenage girls or the senseless school shooting are just some examples of tragedies which can leave someone angry with God.
One thing I have learned about God is that He can take it. If you read many of the Psalms that David wrote, he wasn’t always gentle. David expresses many different emotions throughout the Psalms and sometimes it is anger toward God.
For some reason we get it in our head that anger in itself is wrong, whether it is toward God or another person. But anger is an emotion that He put inside of us. God gets angry. If you don’t believe me, read about Jonah or how he dealt with the Israelites during the time of Moses.
Anger is not wrong. It is what we choose to do with it. Remember when Moses struck the rock more times than he was supposed to? His anger wasn’t the problem. It was the fact that he disobeyed God. We can be angry and not disobey God.
Like sorrow or joy, anger is an emotion that we may feel toward God. It is what you do with that anger that will really impact your relationship with Him. I compare it to my role as a mother. Do I become angry with my children sometimes? Yes, I do. But if I choose to beat them I am not handling my anger appropriately.
Feeling angry toward God? Read some of the Psalms, and learn that not only did David sometimes feel this emotion, but read about how he overcame it.