The LORD is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works – Psalm 145:17 NKJV
I have often heard how if you are disappointed with God and angry at Him, you might as well express your anger. After all, so the line of thought goes, if He knows everything you think and feel, you might as well tell Him.
I do agree, He does know what we think and feel, but I am not convinced that gives us the right to spout off at God. Rather than expressing words of anger, maybe you should look at the root cause of your emotional outburst. Maybe you need to examine why are you angry and why is your anger is aimed at God.
Other than Jesus driving out the money changers in the temple, anger isn’t a human emotion which is portrayed in a positive light in Scripture. This seems especially true when one is angry at God. Jonah comes to mind as someone who was angry at God – how did that work out for him?
Some have said David was angry at God but I don’t see David as directing anger at the LORD. He was discouraged and may have felt lonely and temporarily abandoned, but I don’t think he was angry at God – at least not in the sense we think of as being angry.
I wonder if one’s anger at God is less about their circumstances and more about a lack of surrender. In my way of understanding this idea, if one is truly surrendered to Him, then they can’t really be angry with Him.
From this verse of Psalm 145, David says, “The LORD is righteous in all His ways.” If I really believe God is “righteous” in everything He has done and is doing, then who am I to stand up to Him and give Him a piece of my mind?
People find themselves angry at God when events happen out of their control or there seems to have been some unfairness directed their way. They don’t understand and cannot find easy answers to the disappointments they are facing and therefore, aim their anger at God. Somehow thinking God owes them better than what they are experiencing.
Living a life of submission to Jesus isn’t always easy. There will be many times when I don’t have all the answers, when I don’t understand and I might not even like what He is doing. But if I am surrendered to Him, if I can say, “LORD, You are righteous in all Your ways,” then I won’t be angry with Him.
The next time you are tempted to react in anger to God, ask yourself, “Am I surrendered to Him?” If you are, then you have no right to be angry but you must submit to His will – even when it hurts, even when you don’t understand, even if you don’t like it. That my friend is walking in obedience. I believe over time, a person who lives their life in this manner, surrendered to Jesus, will find they can better understand His ways.
He is righteous in all His ways and gracious in all His works.
Blessings my friend!