Angry with God - Cassie Segerson, LPC-Intern, LCDC-CI
Updated: Aug 27, 2018
We have all felt anger a time or two (or ten). Anger is seductive, immobilizing, and slowly eats us from the inside.
Anger can be considered a secondary emotion to hurt, a great warning sign or invitation to look more deeply into what led to this hurt that is fueling the anger. Thus, this warning sign becomes vitally important when our anger is directed toward God. Attending to this warning sign that we have other, more painful emotions toward God can be a very scary place to be. However, we are in good company. Many in the Bible struggled with being angry with God.
Turning toward God, looking to him for comfort, is often the last thing we want to do when we are angry with him. We would much rather turn away from God and hide in hopes to protect ourselves from experiencing any more of that same hurt.
To reconcile our anger with God requires the very communication that we often shy away from when angry. This requires our talking (or yelling) to or with God about our anger with him, crying out to God, full of honesty and full of pain. The great news is, God never runs from us or hides himself. He receives us in every state we come to him in, even when we are enraged and broken.
If you’re like me, you might need a little (or giant) push toward God so that you can get to a place where you are ready to tell Him about your anger. I think this is one of the reasons why God gave us His Word. When I look for experience, or reflect on the characteristics and attributes of God that are found in the Bible, I am reminded of his perpetual posture toward me of love and faithfulness. Confident that He will not turn me away, I am able to break free from the seductive power of anger and come to God with the pain I feel.
Anger with God is not one of those struggles in life that typically ends kindly or sweetly. Authentically processing anger with God is a battle that impacts us and fuels us to grow like little else. We often limp away, undoubtedly, like Jacob. But our bruises and our limps are representative of the fight we went through to get to a place of restoration with God. They remind us that we need not hide from Him any longer and that we can rest in his Almighty shadow, protected by his faithfulness.
Battling in anger with God? I’d greatly value getting to hear about it.
Cassie Segerson, LPC-Intern, LCDC-CI 512-238-1700 ext. 317 firstname.lastname@example.org