Is it right to be angry at God?
Is It Right to be Angry at God
Let’s admit it–there are situations when we feel this explosive mixture of anger, hurt feelings, and disappointment, directed at God. We need to understand why we feel this way and deal properly with that.
In Jonah chapter 4, we find a servant of God, who has accomplished his mission to proclaim God’s judgment to Nineveh and called them to repentance.
But instead of being satisfied, he is extremely angry.
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Three Reasons for Jonah’s Anger Toward God
Overall, Jonah’s anger at God was fueled by the fact that God didn’t do what Jonah expected Him to do.
But here are the three specific reasons Jonah was angry at God. Exploring these reasons can help us check our hearts and identify the reason for our anger.Is it right to be angry at God? Find out the 3 reasons Jonah was angry at God based on Jonah chapter 4. #Biblestudy #angryatGod #encouragement Click To Tweet
#1 Angry at God for Showing Compassion to Our Enemies
Interestingly, God’s Mercy and Compassion were the first and main reason for Jonah’s burning anger. Here are Jonah’s words:
“I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.” (Jonah 4:2)
The problem was that God showed compassion to his enemies. Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, was one of the worst enemies of the Jews, famous for their hostility and atrocities. It is normal for us humans to expect God to punish our enemies instead of forgiving them.
But our God is a God of Mercy, Love, and Grace. He loves all people, including our enemies, and His will is that all people turn to Him.
In Christ, we have the supernatural power from God to love all people, especially our enemies. This love compels us to forgive them, pray for them, and want the best for them.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43–45)
A Helpful Resource to Process Anger and Disappointment
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More Encouragement for You
If you need more resources, encouragement, and comfort in handling your anger and disappointments, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.
Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones
Trusting God in All the Things: 90 Devotions for Finding Peace in Your Every Day by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life by Denise Dubois Pass and Michelle Nietert
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
Life Can Be Good Again by Lisa Appelo
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst
Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley
Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge
All Things New by John Eldredge
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