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By   •   January 23, 2009   •   Topics:

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Is it wrong to get angry at God? I've been through some very hard times recently and I feel like God has let me down. I'd like to get past this, I guess, but right now I can't help feeling angry at God.


A:

The real question is this: Will God get angry at you if you get angry at Him, and refuse to have anything more to do with you? The answer is “No”! Even when we’re angry at Him, He still loves us and yearns for us to turn to Him for the comfort and encouragement we need. And that’s what I pray you will do.

Do you remember the prophet Jonah in the Old Testament? Some have called him “the reluctant prophet,” because he tried to flee when God called him to preach to his enemies. Later (after God sent a large fish to stop his flight), he reluctantly obeyed God and preached to his enemies. To his surprise they repented and turned to God. He should have rejoiced – but instead “Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry” (Jonah 4:1). Gently God explained to him that He loved even Jonah’s enemies – and so should Jonah.

What is the point? Simply this: Jonah was angry at God – but God didn’t reject him. Instead, Jonah needed to learn to trust God, even if he didn’t like what was going on. Perhaps this is one of the lessons God wants to teach you.

Life doesn’t always go the way we want it to. But God still loves us; He loves us so much that He sent His only Son into the world to die for us. Put your life into Christ’s hands, and then ask God to help you begin to trust Him, no matter what happens to you.

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145 Comments

  1. Shannon says:

    The early church did not pray merely for the removal of their trials, but rather boldness in them.

  2. Montreea says:

    Despite all of our struggles, God is still good! When we look at the story of Job or Jonah, there is one question that is never answered. Why? God’s prerogative is His, not ours, and it becomes frustrating when He says no or nothing at all. I was once on a fast track to success in music and in one doctor’s visit, my music career ended. 12 years later, I am still in a wheelchair and I’m in a worse position in music than when I first started. I too was angry and bitter. Why would God do this at the verge of this breakthrough? One day I stopped being angry and since then God has given me a ministry instead of a Grammy. I barely sell records but I save souls! I still believe God has a plan for me. I won’t lose faith!

    1. Paulinea says:

      God bless you.

  3. Kiefer says:

    Thanks!

  4. Brittney says:

    I’m angry with God for the first time in my life. My financial situation is really bad and has been for almost a year now. I’ve prayed countless times to be approved for a student loan to help me, but today I was denied. I was in a great relationship and that ended as well. Though my ex are still close. I prayed about that, but it seems like nothing is going well and everything that I’ve prayed about isn’t getting answered. I’m losing my faith about it and I feel really let down. I’m hurt so much about the way things are in my life.

  5. Vickie says:

    I wish I could believe you. For the past 3 years it has been nothing but bad luck. We are always 1 paycheck away from losing everything. We are so behind on our bills it would take a miracle for them to be caught up. We are being sued by creditors (my husband was laid off for a year). He has been called back but his check has been garnished. It is a struggle to buy food and the things we need. My health is failing, I am in constant pain. I am unable to work. So where is God and why is he allowing this to happen? People on the fence about God have seen our struggle and have said he is not real and if he is he has turned his back on you. I have prayed and prayed but the more I pray the worse it gets. I am so discouraged. Why won’t he help us?

    1. BGEA says:

      Vickie, we’re so sorry to hear about all the struggles you’re experiencing. Is there a church in your area or a nonprofit like United Way or the Salvation Army that may be able to help? Someone from our team will email you with more.

    2. ANGELA says:

      I was on the fence about God too. I tried pushing the concept of God out of my head. He kept coming back. I prayed a final time, from my heart, with hot tears. Then I told myself “trust him” whenever one of the many hard knocks surfaced. I did that with all my faith and belief. Miracles happened. If you’re scared or angry, that means you’re not trusting him. Trust is faith. Until you learn to whole-heartedly trust him, it’s gonna seem like God is not listening.

  6. Vendetta Rudd says:

    Looking for future ministry updates.

  7. Devin says:

    I’m angry at God because I’m struggling trying to find a job. I’ve been to three job interviews and no one has ever called me to see if I get the job. I’m currently working a part time job that has no benefits so now I have to pay outta pocket for doctor and dental visits because I have no insurance. I feel like I’m stuck in this rut for too long and I’m not satisfied at where I am right now.

    1. Susan says:

      Precious Devin,
      God does have something much better for you. I believe He wants to direct you to the right job, the right place, and I sense you are struggling with trusting Him to do that and believing that He really does want something better for you, because you have been in a bad work situation for so long. But God can change long-term circumstances very suddenly. Pour out your heart to Him. Ask Him to expose the lies of the enemy that are keeping you down. What words are you speaking? Find scriptures of His promise of provision and confess those and thank Him by faith for bringing you to a better job with benefits. Faith is not a feeling. It’s knowing in your spirit–not your head or emotions–and standing on His word.

    2. ANGELA says:

      Take some responsibility for the predicament you’re currently in. Then thank God for what you already have. Confess any wrong doings, including being angry. Ask for his help. Do this from your heart. BELIEVE, because belief is faith and faith is trust, which is what you’re lacking. The next time you go on that interview, trust him with everything in you. Know that God has your back because you now trust him. That job will come to you.