While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
The LORD is close
to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalm 34: 18
We may not talk about it much, but the fact is that
Christians sometimes get angry with God when we feel that God has treated us
unfairly. This often comes after a difficult event, such as a child being
diagnosed with a serious disease or being born with a physical or mental
abnormality. If this anger is not dealt with properly, it will cause marital
discord. Why? We don’t feel comfortable expressing our anger to God, so we may
express it to our spouse. Our spouse will feel trampled on when the situation was
not his or her fault. As a result, our spouse will also become angry. Two angry
people do not make for a good marriage.
If you feel that God has been unfair to you, let me
encourage you to take your anger directly to Him. You need not feel ashamed of
your emotions; you can freely express your heart to God. You will not upset
Him, and your anger will not catch Him by surprise.
When Job was going through a time of intense suffering, he
desperately wanted to know why. He brought his questions to God, and God
listened – and eventually responded. God did not explain everything; in fact, He
responded with more questions than answers. However, Job was reassured that God
was present, had heard him, and was fully in control. He responded in wonder,
“I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen You with my own eyes.”
(Job 42: 5). Often when we express our anger to God, He comforts us by renewing
The LORD knows your heart and wants to walk with you
through your pain. As Psalm 34 reminds us, He is close to the brokenhearted.
The first step in finding healing is admitting to Him that you are feeling angry.
Father, when I am
angry at You, I often take it out on my spouse, even though I know that’s
inappropriate, Please forgive me, and help me to treat my loved one with
kindness even in the midst of emotional turmoil. Thank You for being big enough
to handle all of my emotions, even my anger.