Angry At God


Most people at some point in their life have gone through a painful experience, resulting in them being angry at God. During this kind of trial, it is common to ask:

  • How could God allow this to happen?
  • Doesn’t God care?
  • Couldn’t God have done something to stop this from happening?

In New Testament times, two women named Miriam (Mary) and Martha experienced the same disappointment and anger.

Mary and Martha were the two sisters of a man named Lazarus. Jesus loved this family, as we are told in John 11:5. So, it’s not surprising, that when Lazarus took sick, Mary and Martha simply sent a messenger to Jesus to inform Him about the situation. Mary and Martha were sure that Jesus would come right away, lay His hands on Lazarus, and heal him.

Surprisingly, however, when Jesus heard the news of Lazarus becoming ill, He didn’t come immediately to Bethany. In fact, Jesus stayed where He was for another two days! By the time Jesus finally arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for four days.

When Martha saw Jesus, she ran to Him and said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Mary also said the same thing to Jesus. Even the mourners who were at Mary and Martha’s house said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?” Everyone was disappointed in Jesus.

Amidst all the doubt, anger, and confusion, Jesus simply said, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40) Most of you know the rest of the story. Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”, and Lazarus arose from the dead.

When the trials and disappointments of life come our way, the words of Jesus are still applicable: “…if you believe, you will see the glory of God.” Instead of being angry at God for missing it with us, if we keep the faith, we’ll see life from the dead, as Mary and Martha did.

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