In the 1994 movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks plays a simple, honest man with below-average intellect.  He somehow stumbles through life experiencing all sorts of incredible events in which he always ends up succeeding with his indomitable optimism.  He befriends the sarcastic and pessimistic Lieutenant Dan with whom he served in Vietnam, and Gump’s simple optimism wins the man over as a friend.  One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when Lieutenant Dan, angry at God for most of his life, straps himself to the mast of a boat in the middle of a hurricane in order to finally confront God with his anger.  Following this scene, Lieutenant Dan finally is at peace with God and with himself.  When he finally admits that he is angry at God and blames God for his problems, and when he confesses this anger to God in his confrontation of the Almighty, he unloads his soul of the terrible burden of anger that he had carried for most of his life.  Although the characters in this movie are fictional, their experiences reflect some profound truths about human nature and life.

I know from personal experience that most if not all of the people I have met who reject God or even the idea of God are simply angry at God for something that happened in their lives.  But like most people who carry a grudge, they are the only ones suffering, and the one they are angry at often has no idea about the grudge that is being carried against them.   This is eventually what happens to Job in the Bible.  When he finally confronts God with his anger, God is able to teach him, and perhaps this moment then breaks the spiritual stronghold over his life that prolonged his suffering.  I believe that God wants us to confront him and be nakedly honest about our feelings.  Even though we are the ones in the wrong when we confront God, it is only in those moments when we are totally and completely honest that God can finally teach us.  By opening up our hearts to let out the anger, we are also open for God’s Spirit to come in and teach us.

I believe that God invites us to confront Him.  God makes such an invitation in Isaiah 1:18:  “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord.”  I think that He would rather we be honest with Him, even if we are in the wrong.  When we finally confront Him, we stop avoiding Him from our anger and give Him the opportunity to fix our broken lives.  But when we carry bitterness in our hearts, we are completely closed up, not letting anything good into our hearts, and definitely preventing God’s Spirit from teaching us.  Just as with Lieutenant Dan’s seemingly ridiculous confrontation with God, God knows that we are no threat to Him.  I don’t believe that He takes offense at our anger or our accusations of Him.  He knows that we are ignorant and don’t know what we are doing in those moments.  He knows that we are blinded by our own sinful anger.  There is nothing wrong with being angry, so long as we do not use the anger as an occasion to sin.  Anger is a completely natural human emotion and can even be used as strength to do positive things when it is channeled rightly.  But when it turns to bitterness, it imprisons us and allows Satan to build strongholds in our lives.

I pray, if you have not already done so, that you would make your peace with God today.  If you are carrying anger at God, I pray you would be completely honest with your Creator so that He can heal you of your pain.  If you are already walking in fellowship with Him, I pray that your life would be blessed by His work in you and in using you to serve and witness to others.

 


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06/19/2016 11:31am

This is a reality that on the tough road of the life, we are walking alone on them. no one is feeling comfortable while giving our selves company on them just instead of those who are really caring ourselves.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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