In Chapter 9 (“When You’re Mad at God”) of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, Sara Horn observes that non-Christians might respond to hurts, disappointments, and tragedies by asserting that God is out to get them. Christians, however, may not want to verbalize that God is out to get them, yet secretly wonder if He is- or at least question what God’s thinking.
Sara acknowledges the frustration of calling out to God, but being unsure if He’s actually listening. We may feel God is to blame because He’s the only one capable of intervening and relieving our stress or heartache- and it’s not happening fast enough to suit us.
Getting mad at God doesn’t heal our hearts, however. We put ourselves in isolation. Our feeling close us off, preventing us from hearing His voice. Sara explains:
“When we separate ourselves from God, we prolong our problem and we delay the restoration that comes with forgiveness- God’s forgiveness of us. We keep our relationships with our heavenly Father at arm’s length, and we miss out on his wisdom. We miss out on his grace. We don’t hear his voice.”
It’s like taking a hearing test in a special booth equipped with a chair and headphones. There are periods of prolonged, uncomfortable silence. Yet we must be listening for His voice.
Today’s question: What Scriptures have helped you restore your relationship with Jesus? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Anger toward God”