Shouting at God
Have you ever been certain that God would not wish pain and agony on you because you follow the rules? After all, you’re a Christian. You believe. You read the word. You work hard. You’ve tried to do everything the “right way”. And yet, just when you think you have it under control, something awful happens: Divorce, loss of a loved one, health issues, financial issues, or some other catastrophe.
Have you ever shouted at God? I know I have. I’ve shaken my fist at the heavens and yelled, “This cannot be your plan for me! How could you do this to me! I’ve tried to do right! I’ve tried to do what you want me to! What is going on with you!?”
Apparently, I’m not alone. I went over to a friend’s house not long ago who was facing a trying time. I walked in, and she said, “I’m glad you’re here. I need someone to talk to. God’s not answering me, and believe me, He just got a piece of my mind.”
It’s easy to be frustrated, and hard to know God’s will for us. Especially when our world, as we see it, is falling apart.
Living God’s plan is more than just reading the Bible, going to Church, praying, and conducting yourself in a manner according to His law. It’s living His plan for us. How do you know what that is? Sometimes you don’t.
There is a passage that gave me no comfort whatsoever when facing a particular tragedy in my life because I was blinded with pain. However, after it was all over, it helped me understand the why behind it all.
Jeremiah 10:23 LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.
Wow. Think about this verse. My life is not my own. It is not for ME to direct my own steps. God directs me in the way He wants me to go for His good and the good of His people. God’s plan is a grand design, and I am but a tiny part of it.
I see now that everything I went through brought me to a better place and made me (I like to think) a better servant of God.
I’m not saying that God inflicted my pain. I am saying that the hand of God is working even in the most difficult of circumstances for our good.
If you’re hurting, and wondering why God would do such a horrible thing to you, just remember that God is there to help you endure and will help you blossom again. On days when you’re hurting and confused, it’s ok to shout at God. He’s strong enough to take it.