NOPE! The End!
I thought this article would be easy to write when given the title. WRONG! Many ask this question in all sincerity. Perhaps you have. It’s often due to difficult circumstances that we’re experiencing. We cry out to God for healing, help with finances, deliverance from depression, anxiety, or discouragement. We ask for wisdom. We plead for a loved one to come to Christ. But the answer doesn’t come. We try to think of and confess every sin that besets us. Still, heaven is brass! “God must be angry with me!”
You know Christian doctrine. Of course He’s not angry with you. He loves you. He gave His Son for you. But, be honest: Do you still feel sometimes that God is angry with you?
As I approach an answer that I believe God has given me, I do so as a 70 year old man in relative good health. I have a loving wife and life partner, 4 adult children, and 11 grandchildren. And I live in Southern California, USA! I am not a 7 year old cancer victim. I am not the parent of that child. I am not in prison for sharing Jesus with a friend. I’m not suffering real persecution of any kind. I could go on, but maybe I’ve already mentioned you. I honor you. I’m humbled by your courage and faith.
We know the facts. God loves us. But what do we do when we FEEL like God must be angry with us?
I’ve been praying and wrestling with this for days. An answer began to percolate during my devotions this morning: Everyone should look out for not only his own interests, but ALSO for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4, HCSB)
Your needs are important. So are those of others. If you are going through a trial, and you are hanging in there by faith, you are a role model, though you’d no doubt rather not be! May I encourage you to take the next step? Lift your eyes from yourself and your own circumstances and look for someone to help. Faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. (Heb. 11:1, HCSB) Hang on to that, for without faith, it’s impossible to please God. (Heb. 11:6)
Then do what Paul says in Galatians 5:6b: The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (NIV) Express your God-given faith by loving someone who’s also suffering.
I love Lauren Daigle’s song, Trust in You. The chorus goes:
“When You don’t move the mountains I needed You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You.”
Realize that there’s a higher purpose that we don’t fully understand, even though we’re working with God to see it fulfilled. We groan along with the whole creation in this fallen, sin filled world! (Romans 8: 22-25) We are all sinners, saved by grace, and we are all victims of sin on a planet that is still waiting to be renewed by grace.
In the midst of your trial set your mind on God’s purpose: His children, including those who are suffering, living in love and unity so that the world can be won to Him. (John 13: 34-35, 17: 20-23; Philippians 2:1-4) You are not suffering alone. God’s not angry with His redeemed. God proves His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Jesus is coming again! Oh happy day! There’ll be no more persecution! There’ll be no injustice. There will be no lame, blind, or deaf! There’ll be no cancer – no disease of any kind, including the disease of sin that we all suffer from now. No sorrow! Every tear wiped away!
I’m so sorry for your suffering. Just think though, if we grieve over the suffering we see and experience, how much more grieved is the great heart of God? Oh Friend, you’re sharing in the sufferings of Christ. But look up! Your redemption draweth nigh! (Luke 21: 28, KJV)