Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Are You Angry with God?

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on January 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm

In our secular society, it is considered therapeutic and acceptable for people to be angry at God. It is said that getting angry at God is part of the healing process when we feel hurt, and that forgiving God is a milestone on the road to recovery.

Any informed Christian understands the blasphemy of such thinking and statements, and yet, even believers struggle with the temptation to be angry at God.

Why do we struggle with anger at God?

People get angry at God because they feel that He owes them something that He did not deliver to them, or, that He allowed some bad thing to happen to them that they did not deserve.

In other words, they think they didn’t receive what they deserved, or, they received what they didn’t deserve.

Both of these lines of thinking presuppose that God has some obligation to them that He did not fulfill. Thus, the anger.

The fallacy in such thinking lies in the presupposition that God has obligations to us, and that He owes us something, He did not deliver.

In fact, God has no obligations to us whatsoever, and owes us nothing, other than what He has voluntarily committed Himself to do for us in the Bible – and in regard to those things, God always delivers. His promises never fail.

The problem of anger towards God lies in our thinking He has duties WE have imposed on Him, which He has not fulfilled. The solution is to realize we made up those expectations ourselves, and therefore have no right to be angry with God, when he does not fulfill the obligations we imposed on Him.

Anger with God is a symptom that WE have a problem, not Him. The problem is that we thought we deserved something from Him, when in fact we did not.

The truth is, we have far better from God than we deserve, and we need to be thankful for all the good things He has done for us, rather than being angry about the things He had no obligation to do for us.

It says in Ecclesiastes 7:8-9  “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”

We are fools to be angry at God. Our real concern should be this: Is God  angry with me?  We have certainly failed in our obligations to Him. He has never failed in His obligations to us.

Thank God His anger towards us has been propitiated by the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Let us repent now, of any anger we have towards Him.

Pastor Max Doner
Sovereign Grace Bible Church
Lebanon, Oregon
  1. When I was inmature and still very ignorent of just how sinful I was this attitude of heart and mind would manifest itself far to much. Now I realize He owes me absolutely nothing! It is His grace and mercy seen in His love demonstrated in the grace gift of Christ dying in my place that drives all anger away at this time in my life. You have to drift very far from Him in sin to be angry at God about anything in my humble opinion. May this sin become a distant memory.

  2. The teaching in this post should lead one to the concept of Contentment. A wonderful resource for learning about Contentment as a necessary foundation of a godly life is Free Grace Broadcaster Issue 213 Fall 2010. This quarterly digest of Chapel Library, a worldwide ministry of Mount Zion Bible Church in Florida, is freely sent to anyone who subscribes. Each issue focuses on a different theme through Christ-centered sermons and articles by Reformed authors of previous centuries. They can be found on the web.
    BTW, I am not affiliated with this ministry in any way, shape nor form. I just love the publications they offer.

  3. Thank you Pastor Doner, for having the courage to write this. Believers do more than simply struggle with anger towards God; sometimes they are encouraged in this, and it is often justified by the notion that “God is certainly big enough to take it!” The issue here is not God’s size relative to us humans, but what has He said? Who is the Lord? The church is awash in the poison of psychotherapeutic concepts, and the fruit of this is God being blasphemed, believers being weakened in faith, and Christ being dishonored. We are truly irrelevant when all we can do is repeat what Oprah and Dr. Phil say, after it has been baptized with Biblical-sounding jargon. Sola Scriptura!

  4. I believe the popular contention that it’s ok to be angry with God stems from the false idea that, in order to be emotionally healthy, we ought to “give full vent to our feelings.” But this is actually the opposite of God’s wisdom: “A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back” (Prov 29:11)

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