Justified anger?




Just reading the titles of these articles is enough to make a person sick. The torture and abuse that is occurring in the lives of these children is horrendous. It causes me to ask God, why? And at some points in my life it has caused me to become angry at God. If we reflect back on our lives, we could probably point out a person that has confessed to us that they are angry at God. It seems that when God’s plans don’t match our plans, we are eager and ready to cry out in anger towards him. If we see an injustice happening in the world, our immediate reaction is to call out in anger towards him.

Throughout his book Jerry Bridges, sheds some light on the topic of being angry with God. In a culture that says it is okay to be mad at God, what should our immediate response be? Bridges puts it this way, “It is never okay to be angry at God. Anger is a moral judgment, and in the case of God, it accuses Him of wrongdoing. It accuses God of sinning against us by neglecting us or in some way treating us unfairly. “(pg. 127) Here we see that in being angry towards God, we are accusing him of sinning. We are accusing the one who sent his son, to die on the cross for our sins, of sinning against us. Do we understand how incredibly selfish that is?

The cause of a lot of our anger towards God flows out of a selfish desire. We often ask God why, but in reality we are asking God why he would allow something like this to happen to me? We were not promised an easy life as believers, actually we were promised far from that.

Being angry at God is wrong, it shows that we are not willing to fully trust in his sovereign plan even through the tragedies that we may face. Instead of turning to God in anger, we should be pouring our hearts out to God. We should be willing to place our full trust in the fact that He is in control, and his plan is absolutely perfect.


Bridges, Jerry. Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate: Discussion Guide. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2007. Print.