Interesting article popped up on cnn.com today regarding people’s anger with God. Recent research shows that its not just people that believe in God that get mad at him, but actually agnostics and atheists get mad at God too. The article states, “It’s not just religious folks, either. People unaffiliated with organized religion, atheists and agnostics also report anger toward God either in the past, or anger focused on a hypothetical image – that is, what they imagined God might be like – said lead study author Julie Exline, Case Western Reserve University psychologist. In studies on college students, atheists and agnostics reported more anger at God during their lifetimes than believers. A separate study also found this pattern among bereaved individuals.” You can read the whole article here.
Its not news that people get mad at God but I find it ironic that atheists, who deny God’s existence, and agnostics, who don’t care enough to believe or deny, get mad at Him when life’s disappointments occur.
Isn’t that a bit absurd? To not believe in God but still get mad at Him? Seems subconciously perhaps there is something hardwired in these people that knows something powerful exists in the universe and though their heads deny it, their hearts say something else. The bible says that God has “set eternity in the hearts of men” which you can read here. I like what Bono says on the same subject: “Looking for to fill that God shaped hole.” I believe all of us have a God shaped hole that is only filled once we enter a loving relationship with our Father God.
And yet, bad things happen. They happen all the time to God’s people and others who do not believe in God. So what do we do when we are hurting and frustrated with God? We pray. Prayer is a way bback to God…a bridge to connect my life with His presence. It is easy to pray when we are thankful for a loving spouse or a hot plate of food or a beautiful sunset. “Thanks God.” But when our hearts are broken and we’re feeling mad, this is the time when our prayer to God expressing our anger can grow our faith. In this way, anger can be a powerful way to connect with God.
Yesterday Pastor Richard preached on the life of David. Yes David was a king. But his life was full of heartache and disappointment too. When David was on the run from people that wanted to kill him and his wives and children had been kidnapped, what did he do? He prayed! The bible says he found solace in the Lord. Read it here. What a powerful testimony to the power of anger and sadness to lead us deeper into understanding God’s love and His plan for our lives.
Life is hard? Call on God. Frustrated? Call on God. Broken, bitter, hurt, disappointed? Call on God. And let your anger transform your life by trusting and depending more on the Father God who loves you.