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Have You Ever Been Angry With God?

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

Man shaking his fist at God

Man shaking his fist at God

Have you ever gotten angry with God when He didn't answer your prayer, or he didn't answer your prayer the way you wanted? Have you ever gotten angry with God because He allowed something bad to happen to you?

There are many people who have been angry with God for some reason. It is human nature to get angry with God, and no one should feel guilty about it. The Bible is full of examples of God's people who got angry with Him.

Yes, people get angry with others. They get angry about social injustices and other situations. And yes, people get angry with God. Even though you may get angry with God, it is good to know that He never gets angry with you. God looks past your attitude and keeps loving you even when you are angry with Him.

Anger: Definition

Anger is a strong feeling a person has toward someone or something. As a noun is is the thing a person has that shows his annoyance, displeasure, or even his hostility.

Most people don't know the difference between being angry with someone and being angry at something. In other words, you can be angry WITH people and angry AT things.

Merriam-Webster defines angry as "an intense emotional state induced by displeasure." Being angry with a person always implies strong disapproval of something someone has done or not done. Angry can also be described as "a human emotional response to situations that are either out of a person's control or out of his ability to understand or both."

Is It a Sin to Be Angry with God?

Almost everyone has been angry with God for a short period of time. However, no one should stay angry with God. People should realize that when things don't work in their favor, it is not always God's fault.

A lot of times, things go wrong in our lives because of our own wrong choices. We have free will, and God will allow us to use that free will. So, what is the answer to the question: "Is being angry with God a sin?" The answer depends on which type of anger is involved.

Inappropriate anger is sin, according to Galatians 5:20; Ephesians 4:26-27, 31; and Colossians 3:8). Ungodly anger puts the blame on God and makes yourself a victim. When that happens, you should get rid of your angry as soon as you can. Holding on to ungodly anger eventually causes bitterness and resentment to take up residence in your heart.

In the Bible, there is evidence of righteous and unrighteous anger. Righteous anger is temporary that lasts only a short period of time. Hence, we are told that in our anger, we should sin not (Ephesians 4:26). Unresolved anger turns to sin if it is not soon resolved (Matthew 5:21-22).

When you find yourself being angry with God, confess it as soon as possible and ask for His forgiveness, When you are angry with God, you are telling God that He has done something wrong.

God understands when you are angry with Him. He knows your heart, and He knows how difficult and painful life in this world can be. Instead of being angry with God, you should pour out your heart to Him in prayer, and trust that He is always in control.

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God Understands Your Angry

God understands your anger because there are times in the Bible when He Himself was angry. Jesus was also angry. Therefore, God knows our frailties and we will become angry even with Him. God knows when we are angry with Him, and He waits for us to come to Him with repentance.

Most of the time, David started out complaining about God. Then they ended up praising Him. It’s normal to get angry with God. When people reflect on who God is and what He does, they don't stay angry with Him long.

Biblical People Who Got Angry with God

There are countless examples of people in the Bible who got angry with God. They include Moses, David, Job, and Jonah.

Moses

Moses and God became angry with each other during the time Moses was leading the Israelites through the wilderness. They reconciled until the next thing that made them angry. Moses became angry with God because of the rebellious people he was told to lead.

David

In some of the Psalms, David openly expressed anger or frustration with God, yet God did not give up on him. Since we are human just like David, we might get angry with God also.

Job

Job lost everything he had. Besides that, he ended up with sores all over his body. His wife told him to "Curse God and die." Job’s friends accused him of sinning and that was the reason he experienced so much trouble. Job demanded God to show up with an explanation. God never responded to God's questions. Instead, God told Job who He was. After that, Job's questions didn't seem so important any longer.

Jonah

Jonah was angry with God for sending him to Nineveh to save the Ninevites. After Jonah preached to them and they were saved, Jonah was angry" (Jonah 3:10-4:1).

What to Do When You Are Angry with God

1. Tell God

If you're angry with God, tell Him. Lay your heart open before God. Acknowledge that even while you don't understand what's happened, you trust He can make everything work out. The best thing you can do is tell God what you’re angry about. God knows what’s going on inside of you, but He wants to you be able to come to Him with honesty and openness.

2. Don't Blame God

God is good and Holy and perfect and loving. He is the opposite of evil. You may be angry with God because he didn’t prevent the bad from happening to you, but He is not to be blamed for the bad thing

3. Trust God

Trust God that your anger towards Him will disappear after you reflect on your relationship with Him. You might even begin to see that your anger served a purpose.

4. Talk the Focus Off of Yourself

Stop thinking about yourself and why you are angry. Think about the goodness of God and reconcile with Him because He is waiting to reconcile with you.

Disclaimer

Some biblical scholars believe it is a sin to get angry with God. This writer thinks it is human nature to get angry with God. However, people should not stay angry with God because that allows Satan to come in and try to destroy the relationship the person has with God.

This writer also believes the information in this article is true to the best of her ability. The best advice is to do what God commanded us to do with people. Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:26, "In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry."

Comments

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 28, 2020:

Your article allows individuals to admit their anger and you five give good advice on dealing with it. Insightful and helpful!

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on February 27, 2020:

This is educative ma. Spiritual lifting. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 from london on February 27, 2020:

Nice Hub and good rationale