Are You Angry With God? Read This!
One day I’m at the ubiquitous women expo (ironically ubiquitous means omnipresent).
Think of it as a hair and beauty convention. The air is full of chatter from various women talking about hair products, makeup, skincare, and more.
In the background, I hear a woman preaching on the stage as I’m scanning over some shea butter products.
I think I was the only one actually paying attention to what she was saying.
She talked about the time when a well-known pastor invited her to speak.
She had to build up her self-esteem and act as though she belonged in the room.
She also spoke about her past abuse when she was younger.
All of a sudden, she said “I had to forgive God.”
My ears perked up instantly.
Did she just say she had to forgive God?!
She answered my thought and said, “Yes, I had to forgive God for all my past abuse and hurts that I went through.”
Forgive: To stop feeling angry or resentful toward someone for an offense, flaw, or mistake.
Now let me point out the obvious. We know God is not flawed and we know He does not make any mistakes, but does that mean we can’t get offended by Him?
Yes, we can get offended by God due to our limited understanding.
We can ask questions like...
Why didn’t God prevent this from happening?
Why did he allow this to happen to me?
I thought He was going to do this for me but he didn’t.
If He is a good Father why did that bad thing happened?
Our idea of God is that since He is almighty and good that must mean that life should not include any pain or suferring.
We can trace the introduction of evil into the world back to the beginning when God gave free will to humans but not without direction.
Love is guiding; however, it is not forceful.
God gave us direction and the freedom of choice, but we chose to disobey.
We do not have to despair because of the redemptive sacrifice of Christ.
But We still have to ride out this thing called life...
Secondly, our perception of good can be misconstrued.
Good means something that benefits someone. It does not mean living a life with everything you want such as money, cars, fancy clothes, etc.
Take this analogy for example:
A parent discipline is his child by taking away his phone, computer, and car.
At the time, the child does not understand why he is being punished in such a harsh manner especially when all the other kids seem to be doing what they want whenever they want.
The child holds resentment towards the parent although technically the parent did nothing wrong.
Later on in life, the child grows up learning why such discipline was necessary. It saved him from future heartache, trouble, and potentially jail time.
It’s shaped his character.
That discipline was not only absolutely necessary but even good for him.
Do you see where I am getting at here?
Although God did not do anything wrong, He uses the harsh realities of life for your good, not to harm you.
There are certain attitudes and behaviors that cannot be developed by having everything you think you want out of life.
So, do you need to forgive God?
If forgiving God means you need to let go of resentment, anger, and bitterness in your heart toward Him, then yes you need to "forgive God" and let go of the offense in your heart.
Mark 11:26 NIV
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
We know that He is perfect but that does not mean we don't have a hard time grappling His ways.
Pray with me,
Dear Heavenly Father, I know you can do no wrong but I am having a hard time accepting what you have allowed, not prevented, or what I thought was going to happen but didn’t. I am choosing today to release you in my heart from any bitterness, anger, or resentment.
Please restore our relationship and help me to understand that Your ways are not my ways and Your thoughts are not my thoughts. I am allowing forgiveness and peace to enter my soul right now. As you freely forgive us, I will also forgive others around me and commit to letting go of offenses.
In Jesus name,
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