Being Angry with God

I know it’s not Sunday but Crystal has a valid word for any day of the week.  I’m a little late but here is the latest from Crystal Cochren of My Faith and Fitness.

 

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

~ John 11:21 (NIV)

There have been times during my Christian walk when I have been angry with God.  After careful reflection, God revealed to me that the anger stemmed from disappointment.  I was disappointed that my life was not going in the direction that I had planned for it to go.  I was disappointed because I was involved in relationships, familial, professional and personal, that were detrimental to my spiritual and physical health and emotional well being.

 

In today’s scripture, Martha is angry at Jesus for not arriving sooner.  Martha and her sister, Mary, sent word to Jesus that their brother, Lazarus, was sick.  Jesus did not come immediately.  In fact, Jesus stayed where he was for two more days.  With the messenger’s travel time to Jesus, Jesus’ two day wait and Jesus’ travel time to Bethany, Lazarus had been dead four days by the time that Jesus arrived.  Martha expressed her anger.  Disappointment in Jesus was one source of Martha’s anger.  Martha knew that Jesus had the power to fix the situation.  That knowledge is why she and Mary told Jesus that Lazarus had been sick.   Jesus took that opportunity teach Martha about the resurrection and show her Jesus’ power to resurrect the dead.

 

Maybe you have also been angry with God, once or twice.  Maybe you are angry with God right now.  You cannot share your anger with everyone.  Sharing with the wrong person could lead to that person giving you awful advice.  Your relationship with God would suffer as a consequence of following that bad advice.  Talk to God about your anger during your prayer time.  Be honest with God.  Tell God why you are angry.  Cry.  Lament.  Get it all out.  Then, wait.  Wait for God to reveal the sources of your anger.  The discovery may not come during your first session.  It may not come for months.  The revelation will come as long as you continue to seek the source of your anger.  You will realize why you are angry with God.  After the realization, you be able to remedy the problem.  God will take the opportunity to teach you some things.  Be blessed as you increase your focus on your spiritual and emotional health.  Remain encouraged.

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