Sometimes, “the place we find ourselves” is a place of anger at God. Many Christians feel ashamed if they find themselves angry at God. But if you engage the heartache and pain of your story, there will inevitably be times where you are angry at God. Have you ever just poured out your anger, before editing your words? The Bible, in multiple places and especially the book of Job, invites us to do exactly this because when we finally express our unedited anger fully to God, he is able to address our heart.
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Many Christians feel ashamed of their anger at God.
If you can overcome the nonsense that it’s somehow prideful or wrong to be angry at God, then the anger that actually resides in your heart will have the freedom to bubble up.
As you engage the heartache and pain of your story, there will inevitably be times where you are angry at God.
Have you ever given your anger to God? Poured out your anger at God – before you’ve edited it?
The crux of Job’s pain is that he wants God to pay attention to him and to respond to him. Job is not primarily angry at the tragedies he has suffered (loss of health, family, wealth); he is primarily angry because God will not respond to him.
God can handle your anger and he is neither surprised by it nor afraid of it.
God is not merely okay with our anger, he actually gives us the words to express it!
There are many passages outside the book of Job where the Bible invites you to take your anger to God.
May you find the freedom to find the speech that lies at center of your soul and may you bring it to God. It is both honoring to you and to him.
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