Angry at God
Angry at God! Have you ever been angry at God? No one ever has the right to be angry with God, yet so many are. Even some Christians think that it is ok to be angry with God. They justify it saying things like ‘God is big enough to handle it.’ They think that the Psalmists cry of ‘How Long?’ is a criticism instead of an earnest plea for God to fulfil His promises. They think that Jonah’s and Job’s complaining against God is an example forgetting that Jonah was rebuked and Job repented. Anger against God can span from those situations that we would classify as more ‘understandable’ to that anger which has no basis whatsoever and is based on selfishness and ignorance. For example, I read of a story about a 21 year old woman whose husband was caught in a house fire, 80% of his body was covered in burns. They already had to amputate his arms before they announced to her that he had died of cardiac arrest. In this situation questions about God’s goodness and power and wisdom naturally arise. The verse we want to look at today is looking at the irrational side of our anger against God. Proverbs 19:3, ‘When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord.’ I find this verse to be especially insightful and helpful. It shines a light on the obvious irrationality of our anger and the destructiveness of sin. The problem I want to address is not just anger at God but anger in general. Proverbs 19:11 tells us that ‘Good sense makes one slow to anger….’ We are going to allow this verse to expose our hearts and bring the truth of God, ourselves and the gospel to bear to help us analyze and overcome our anger against God and in general.