3 Reasons Why You Might Be Angry at God and Why It's Not Justified.
Updated: Jul 13
It’s easy to love and believe in God when everything is going right in life. But if there is a major inconvenience or something goes wrong it changes everything. Now, God doesn’t exist anymore or He isn’t good.
As sad as that is, that is the perception of so many people. Some will drop their faith because they don't understand what's going on. But it's during the storm or the wait where you should cling to God the most. Especially when it doesn't make sense.
Our circumstances vs. who God is.
Whether good or bad, our circumstances do not parallel with who God is. He is good. He is real. And He is constant. He does not change. The negative situations we experience are not going to define God's state. It doesn’t matter how we may feel towards Him. It won’t change who He is.
Yes, awful things happen in this life. And no one is immune to heartache. The sad reality is that we live in a broken world.
Where in the Bible does it say life here on earth is going to be perfect? Jesus says in John 16:33, "in this world, you will have trouble.” But in Him, you can have peace.
1. Weak in faith
If we’re feeling negative emotions toward God it’s because the issue is in us. How deep are you rooted in your faith? Your faith has to be so deep where you can't be easily torn down.
It's not easy. And it can be a challenge but...
If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. -Isaiah 7:9
2. Unanswered prayers.
A lot of the time when we pray for something we want it answered now. God is not someone to summon from a lamp and give us what we want. If God were to give us everything we asked for we would be spoiled children.
In addition, sometimes we pray for the wrong thing or for the wrong reasons.
Your prayers may seem unanswered because:
You're being impatient
Praying in the wrong (James 4:3)
Don't worry. God isn't ignoring you. He definitely hears you. Whatever it is you've prayed for or are still praying for you have to be patient. We have to be still and let God work on our behalf. It's all in His timing. Always remember that.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! -Psalm 27:14
3. Is it the enemy’s doing or our doing?
Ask yourself two things: is this the enemy’s doing or is it mine?
A lot of the time the enemy will attack us or we are living the consequence of sin.
With all the bad that happens here on earth, people are so quick to turn on God and blame Him. We either forget or we have yet to acknowledge that we have an enemy. The enemy is like the thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy.
We should also put into consideration that our sins have consequences. God doesn’t necessarily punish us but disciplines and chastises us (Hebrews 12:6). You can’t live through life sinning and expect God to bless you. That's not how it works.
Keep in mind, God won't give us more than we can handle.
God is faithful.
Even in our darkest moments, God doesn’t give up on us. He is faithful to humankind. In the book of Genesis, God said He regrets making human beings (6:6). How heavy is that? We hurt God. But He didn’t destroy or get rid of us. Instead, He made a way for us to still have life with Him and not die (thank you, Jesus).
What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them -Psalm 8:4
Read the whole Bible. It's filled with God's faithfulness.
We must also be faithful to God.
One of the most powerful examples of being faithful to God is in 2 Samuel 12:16. “David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground.” Even though the child was still taken from David, he was not angry with God. Instead, he got up and went to worship Him. David had accepted the consequence of his sin of adultery and murder. He couldn’t be angry with God because he's the one who made a mistake. It wouldn't have been justified anger.
At the end of the day, God only wants what is good for us. Our state of belief does not define God. God is the same whether we choose to not believe in Him or doubt his goodness. He works in His timing, not ours.
You can have many other reasons why you're mad at God, but it won't change who He is. He is always good.