Ever Been Mad at God?
Adapted from “Anger Management” by Andrew Wommack
Anger is a problem we all have to deal with.
Our culture is so full of envy and strife that it’s become part of life. We don’t realize how deadly it is. But strife will kill you. James said:
“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” (James 3:16)
Envy and strife bring EVERY evil work. What a revelation! No one, trusting God for victory in any area, can ignore dealing with anger and succeed. It’s that important.
But we aren’t supposed to be totally passive people. There is a proper use of anger. If we try to completely do away with anger, we’ll become passive in a way that allows Satan to run over us.
Everyone on the planet has a temper. Why? Did the devil create anger? No way! Satan doesn’t have the power to create. Anger has a godly function, but it’s been perverted. We need to learn how to manage it and direct it toward the devil and evil.
Ephesians 4:26-27 says,
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”
This is usually interpreted as, “Anger doesn’t become sin unless you let it persist. So confess and forsake your anger every night before you go to bed.”
Confessing and forsaking anger before you go to bed every night is a good thing. But that’s not what this verse is teaching.
God commands us to get angry with a righteous anger. Paul is saying, “Don’t let this godly anger ever stop working. Keep it awake. Stir it up, and keep it active!” Verse 27 says, if we don’t keep godly anger active in us, we give place to the devil.
Our society is under attack, and we’re not using the righteous anger God gave us as a weapon. This needs to change.
The Word says,
“The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate,” (Prov. 8:13).
Do we really hate those things? We should, but Christians as a whole do not hate evil. Some Christians don’t believe we’re supposed to hate anything, but that’s not what God’s Word says.
Jesus had hate and anger. In Mark 11:15-17, Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple. He didn’t say, “Guys, I’m sorry. I don’t want to hurt any of you, but I have to do this to obey my Father.” NO! He beat the people and animals and turned over their tables. He was mad.
Jesus never sinned, but He got angry to the point of action. There is a right place for anger.
But what about the wrong use of anger? How do we overcome unforgiveness and anger toward people?
Next week, we will take a look at that!