Have you ever been really ticked off with someone? Have you had the unfortunate experience of having your blood pressure rise because of the actions of someone else? Have you ever been so angry with someone that you just wanted to scream? It doesn’t feel good does it? But how does it feel and what do you do when the person you’re ticked off with is God?
Now the idea of being ticked off with or mad at God doesn’t sit right with me. When you think about it who am I or who are you to be angry with the God of the universe? Yet, the reality is that things happen in our lives that we don’t understand. Loved ones die, innocent people go to prison, people get sick, children are abused, and the list of terrible things that people, even good God fearing people have to endure goes on and on and on.
The fact is that when things like this happen our first response tends to be to get angry with God. We are tempted to think, “God has all power so why did he allow this or that to happen, why didn’t He step in and make things better, what kind of God would allow me to experience so much pain?”
Now if you know my story you know that I had some pretty significant things happen to me that I didn’t understand. The most recent and devastating being the loss of my five year old son to an aggressive brain cancer. (To hear my story visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1wswuRbdKU&t=1429s ) That was some tough stuff, yet somehow I didn’t find myself getting angry with God and the reason is because I understood that there were certain things I must do to resist that temptation.
- I had to remember who God is. God is our loving Father who would do anything and everything for us including sacrifice His only son so that you and I can have a better life. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Now that’s what I call a loving Father!
- I had to understand who was responsible for my pain. God is not the author of sin, the Devil is and pain is a direct result of sin. Therefore, every bad thing that happens in this world is because of Satan not God! As a matter of fact it hurts the heart of God to see His children suffer.
- I had to trust in His word. The Bible says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” Romans 8:28 I can’t fathom how death, sickness, or any of life’s tragedies work together for our good but God does it. It’s not my job to understand it. It’s my job to believe it.
- I had to look at God’s track record. God’s track record is pristine. I mean the proof is in the pudding. When you take a moment to sift through the evidence of God’s word you will discover that time and time again things worked together for the good of His people. Take Jochebed for example, her baby boy’s life was threatened and she had to put him in a basket and send him down the river Nile. (See Exodus chapter 2). She had no idea what his fate would be, but God did. He knew that it was going to work out for her good because one day Moses was going to grow up and become the deliverer of the Israelite nation.
- I had to remember the reward that is waiting for me. No pain can compare to the reward God has waiting prepared for you and for me in glory. Every pain that we experience will seem as nothing when we compare it to what God has prepared for us. This is a hard concept to wrap our minds around but it is the truth. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 This is good news and it is this hope that I hold onto and that I held onto when my son died.
So my friends the next time you experience things in your life that tempt you to be ticked off with God, please stop, pray, and remember these five things. They are the very truths that helped me get through my toughest times and I know that with God’s help they will do the same for you.
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