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Are You Mad at God?

March 29th, 2010 Posted in Pastor's corner, questions, sermons

I’ve heard people say, “I’m mad at God! I need to forgive Him!”

You have it all wrong, friend.

Who are you to be “mad” at God? The Bible says, ”Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? Do you for one moment suppose any of us knows enough to call God into question? Clay doesn’t talk back to the fingers that mold it, saying, ‘Why did you shape me like this?’” (Romans 9:20 THE MESSAGE)

Listen, He is the Potter, and you are the clay. He is the Shepherd, and you are the sheep. He is the Vine, and we are the branches. He is the Giver, and we are the recipients.

He is God, and you are a punk!

We may be sad, not understand, and even ask why, but we can’t be “mad” at God.

I’ve lost my faith!

Or perhaps something happened, and you’ve said, “I lost my faith” over that.

Maybe it was a tragedy or something that went wrong in your life: a sickness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one.

I know these things hurt, but may I respectfully say that those are not things we lose our faith over. Sure, we don’t understand why, but that is when we must trust God.

If you would “lose your faith,” then perhaps you never had true faith to begin with. Or you may have misunderstood who God was.

A faith that can be “lost” is no Faith at all.

Randy Alcorn,in his book,”If God is good” wrote “A faith that can’t be shaken is the faith that has been shaken.”
When you have true faith,it will not be lost during crisis but made strong.

James reminds us “For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.”
(James 1:3-4 NLT)

I’m sorry Jesus did not meet your personal expectations, but He is not here to serve you. You are here to serve Him!

The sovereignty of God

Chuck Swindoll defined the sovereignty of God like this: “God is able to do what He pleases, with whomever He chooses, whenever He wishes.”

It’s fine to be sad at times, or not fully understand God’s plan and purposes. I know that I don’t.

It’s even fine to ask God why. I know that I have.

Just as long as you don’t necessarily expect an answer.

Even Jesus, on the cross of Calvary, said to the Father, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” But notice that He said, “My God, My God . . . ”

Cry out to God with your pain, not against Him. He is listening.

And remember this . . . He loves you!

10 Responses to “Are You Mad at God?”

  1. John S DeBrita says:

    If anyone needed to read this now it was me.
    Which is another reminder in itself. Sharing your podcast on worry i had to come to this page to find the proper link to email to two friends. And before i could complete the search i noticed this article and because i suffer from this same problem recently i could not resist reading it. Peeps ask all the time why doesnt God answer me? But sometimes peeps are wrong to think we have to sit and listen for the Word to come forth. I find most the time i have to look for the response but the Spirit God gives us helps us to discern if a sermon applies to our specific quest for a response from God.
    I believe God led me here for myself as well as to help another with a totally different sermon.
    I have the problem of yelling at God, why dont you help me with the simple things… Here i am praising you and you let me get into this tantrum over something so simple… Yet you are always there to prevent me from making the big mistake… Yet He never anwsers even in my longest periods of silence. Yet here is what i needed and i thank Him and you for being there again

  2. diane (Underwood) Murphy says:

    The one most important thing I have learned from the trials that God has allowed in my life is that God does all things righteously. And at the end of the day if I still don’t have an answer or don’t understand the” why” of a situation … don’t even get my way, I find peace in surrender. Surrendering to who God is and the fact that His promises are backed by all the honor of His name (Psalm 138:2).

    I have learned to say “OK, God”. Ok, I don’t understand. “Ok” if I suffer loss or hurt, because giving up my faith in Him
    would mean surrendering myself to what this world has to offer.

    Abraham was called the friend of God because he believed Him. THAT, is where I want to be… come rain or shine…

  3. kelli says:

    Thank you, I have been through a lot in my life, a lot. Leukemia, multiple surgeries, my dad was murdered and most recent my husband and I are sick and we don’t know why. But I don’t question God, I reach out to Him. I depend on Him and know whatever I am going through, I can with His help. Thank you for your messages, I absolutely love them and they bring so much to my life.

  4. Lori says:

    I really needed to hear this message. I have been mad at God off and on for about a year or so. I get soft and yeild to him, then out of nowhere, I feel angry. My faith has been tried enormously. I have been a Christian for 30 years, but maybe as you say, I didn’t have a true faith to begin with, although that is hard for me to believe. But, what about all the people in the bible who expressed anger and God? I am thinking of Lamentations 3 where Jeremiah rails at God at the beginning of the chapter. Although, now that I think about it, in the middle of the chapter he does an about face and declares God’s goodness. Moses got pretty ticked off too. Your message brought me up short. Thank you for being so candid. I need to pray.

  5. Sandy says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg for a great bible study this morning….

    Hee Haw from Texas!
    Sandy

  6. Joli says:

    Been walking with the Lord many years…recently, have found my faith failing..not God failing me…me letting go of His grip..I can’t imagine life without Him…He’s been so much a part of my life…I have to move forward…no matter what it takes…eternity is closer than we think!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Our faith is really tested through time. There maybe instances that it may waiver but that’s part of the journey.

  8. Gary says:

    Thanks Greg … good words. I’ve also heard that whenever you come to a place that you don’t understand, never forget what you do understand. I also cling to Romans 5:8 and Romans 8:32. I love Romans 5:8 because God gave his one and only Son, everything else is not as important. So if He loved us to do that when we were rotten, surely He won’t stop loving me as I stumble around at times. I also cling to 8:32 because I have came to places in my life where I want things to be a certain way, and they were not. When that happens, I remember that God wants to bless me and give good gifts, but it is not always the way we want it like you say, but perhaps it is not the right timing or God is looking at long term aspects which I don’t because I look short-term. I love the story of Joseph that shows God’s bigger plans that can sometimes override shorter plans of temporary nature. We need to trust God like Joseph did. Thanks for keeping on through it all, it really encourages us to do the same.

  9. Sally says:

    Yes… He loves us!
    Thanks Pastor Greg for this message.
    A couple of years ago I lost my right leg to a horrible infection. I’ve never once raised my fist up to God in anger… how could I after all that Jesus went through on the cross to give me eternal life with Him?!
    As you know it’s not easy going through pain and suffering… but like Pastor Chuck says..
    “Keep your eyes on Jesus” That is the way to get through heartaches. He definitely carries us and increases our faith… all we have to do is ask! ☺
    God bless you!

  10. silver says:

    Thank you so much. I so needed this as I have been going through some difficult times in my life. I needed a wake up call..God gave and I need some piercing words of God to affirm and encourage me.

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