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.