For some reason, Google has been bringing me a number of articles recently that deal with disability and anger. It is a grace to realize I don’t live in that constant, debilitating state of anger at everything, including God, any longer. God is very merciful. And he continues to help me fight it today.
In our circles dealing with disability, being angry with God over our circumstances is common. I won’t say universal as I have met people who did not struggle with anger towards God. But they would have to be in the minority.
Pastor John dealt with this issue some years ago, and I’ve always appreciated how helpful it was. So, here’s an excerpt from his article, Is It Ever Right to Be Angry at God?
This is why being angry at God is never right. It is wrong – always wrong – to disapprove of God for what he does and permits. “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Genesis 18:25). It is arrogant for finite, sinful creatures to disapprove of God for what he does and permits. We may weep over the pain. We may be angry at sin and Satan. But God does only what is right. “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments” (Revelation 16:7).
But many who say it is right to be angry with God really mean it is right to express anger at God. When they hear me say it is wrong to be angry with God, they think I mean “stuff your feelings and be a hypocrite.” That’s not what I mean. I mean it is always wrong to disapprove of God in any of his judgments.
But if we do experience the sinful emotion of anger at God, what then? Shall we add the sin of hypocrisy to the sin of anger? No. If we feel it, we should confess it to God. He knows it anyway. He sees our hearts. If anger at God is in our heart, we may as well tell him so, and then tell him we are sorry, and ask him to help us put it away by faith in his goodness and wisdom. (Emphasis mine)
When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, he removed forever the wrath of God from our lives. God’s disposition to us now is entirely mercy, even when severe and disciplinary (Romans 8:1). Therefore, doubly shall those in Christ turn away from the terrible specter of anger at God. We may cry, in agony, “My God, My God, where are you?” But we will follow soon with, “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”
No, this is not easy, especially when the air we breathe in our American culture tells us that we have the ‘right’ to be angry. I’m thankful God is so much bigger than that and is ready to help us!