Mad At God And Trusting God

As a pastor, I find myself sitting with people at very dark moments in their lives asking very hard questions about God and feeling very strong emotions about God. Sometimes I watch people who dearly love God, wrestle with admitting that they are in fact ticked at God even though they have no plan of abandoning their faith in Him. Is it possible to be mad at God and still trust Him? You sit with a family who has lost a loved one, or you sit with a family who has sought to honor God and trust Him and are still getting hammered by life, and you can feel deeply disappointed in God’s silence and God’s lack of rescue for people who really, really need His rescue. So I have to look in the bible, and in the pages of scripture I actually see the same struggle. I take heart in the fact that David expressed these same kinds of feelings about God in the Psalms, and so many of the prophets walked through this exact same emotional terrain. So even though I still trust God, I do admit that I get irritated when He doesn’t come to the rescue the moment I think I have had enough, or when He doesn’t help the people I serve in my church who are beaten down and have had enough. Is it possible to be mad at God and still trust Him? I think the answer is – yeah.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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