Recently, a person in my Bible study group admitted he was mad at God and confessed to telling Him so. As I pondered his story and prayed for him, I reduced the scenario to a human to human level. I imagined one person mad at another and how, at some point, the offended one would hopefully resolve to say, “I forgive you for….hurting me…, cheating me out of something…, or messing up and leaving me with the mess…”. (Matthew 18:21-22) In other words, fleshly imperfections splashed onto another. But if someone is mad at God, and progresses to the point of “forgiving God”, it implies that God is imperfect or has made a mistake. Actually, HE IS NOT AND CAN NOT. On the contrary, we should thank God because He is perfect, works perfectly, (Deuteronomy 32:4) and always has our good in mind! (Romans 8:28)
As I continued to contemplate this scenario, I thought of an earthly father who denies his teen permission to attend an important (to the child) gathering. But, unbeknownst to this teen, the father has been given the “low down” on this event…there is to be a police raid at the party for an armed criminal who is on the run. Once the teen finds out the facts, is it really appropriate for him or her to say, “I forgive you, Father, for causing me such anguish over this situation”? Could the child have spared him or herself pain and anguish by simply trusting the father and accepting his decision with joy? Wouldn’t it be better for this one to instead, humbly say, “Thank you, Father, for your love so great that you would rather risk and bear the brunt of my anger than let me get hurt? Please forgive me.”. My friend, this is the heart of the God who loves you…and does so, perfectly. He doesn’t make mistakes with His children’s lives.
Recently I felt “let down” by God for what seemed His lack of interest to my cry for assistance. So, I indignantly decided to tell him of my disappointment. I felt justified and entitled. (Wisdom, which I chose to ignore this time, warns us to tread cautiously in the realm of spoken negative words.) Oddly enough, it was the above two attitudes that were running rampant in the classroom I was trying to maintain. I am sad to say that those attitudes (spirits) seemed to follow me around for a couple of days until I humbled myself and asked my perfect, loving, compassionate God for His forgiveness for my indignation and pride. He forgave me and removed those hindering attitudes (spirits) thereby restoring our sweet fellowship.
“I forgive You, God,” should never be a comment leaving our lips. (Hebrews 13:15) Even if someone is “mad at God”, I will boldly say that it is not God who has made a wrong move or mistake. We are the ones who err; therefore, it behooves us to choose humility thereby sparing ourselves the pain created by defiance and indignation. Don’t be mad at God. Accept His loving work in your life for it will always be to your good. (Romans 8:31)