Right now, I’m incredibly angry with the Lord about my illnesses and the time it takes to recover. But I think our anger can come from anything relatable — whether you’re angry because you lost your job, or didn’t receive that promotion, or don’t feel His presence, or there’s a sudden death — we feel anger towards God quite frequently actually. And I often wonder, is it right to be angry with God? Because I’ll stand there – having a shouting match with the Lord with phrases like “I don’t deserve this!”. I rage and holler “I shouldn’t have to go through this!” “This pain is too much to bear!” “Make it all go away!!!” “God I’ve been good – why are you punishing me?”
Don’t we all qualify our anger — that we’ve been good and therefore bad things shouldn’t happen to us? We say that we don’t deserve this pain – we don’t deserve this injustice – it’s all about ME, ME, ME.
Well, anger comes in many forms and I’d like to break down the things that hold up space in our hearts and ask you to reflect on what is holding you captive today (Be honest!):
This category is of things that poison the heart:
We see this appear in:
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Rom 1:28-32
When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
I was brutish and ignorant;
I was like a beast toward you. Ps 73: 21-22
This category is of things that darken the soul:
“Let the day perish on which I was born,
and the night that said,
‘A man is conceived.’
Let that day be darkness!
May God above not seek it,
nor light shine upon it.
Let gloom and deep darkness claim it.
Let clouds dwell upon it;
let the blackness of the day terrify it. Job 3:3-5
This category is of things that harden your soul and quite literally kill your soul relationship with God:
- Displaced Aggression against others
Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry,
I struck him; I hid my face and was angry,
but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart. Is 57:17
BUT you know what JESUS did with his anger? When he was dying on the cross, blood pouring out, his sides in incredible pain, his mouth parched, his knees giving way, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”and then when His time arrived, Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. He committed His Spirit to the Lord forever. Eternity was always waiting for Him. Eternity is always waiting for you.
And this is what the Lord says about our anger. It is not righteous, nor is it pleasing to the Lord. He says…
Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? Ecl 5:6
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,
for anger lodges in the heart of fools. Ecl 7:9
Friends, when you are in the midst of boiling anger, I pray that you would find the strength and the patience to endure and to seek the Father immediately. To bow down before Him and tremble in His presence knowing that He can turn your anger into gladness, your frustrations into singing praise, and your mourning into dancing. Let not our hearts be ripe with anger, but be filled with the Holy Spirit that rules our lives and controls our entire beings.