There comes a time in a Christian’s life during which there is some anger at God for something going on. Many Christians think that those feelings of anger are supposed to be kept inside. Thinking that way is incorrect because God knows your thoughts before you think them. Don’t you think God wants you to be honest with him? Don’t you think he wants you to trust him with those thoughts?
In the Bible, you can find several instances of anger being shown. Some of the anger is directed at God and some of the anger is directed toward other humans. The important thing to remember is that anger that is righteous is acceptable, but anger that isn’t righteous is wrong. No matter what the cause of the anger, you must present it in a respectful way when you go to God with it. You can’t just go lose your patience and go to God like a spoiled brat on a rampage. Instead, you have to voice your concerns in a way that shows you respect the ultimate power of God.
Let’s take a look at five examples of anger that you can find in the Bible!
Jesus in the temple
In John 2:13-16, Jesus got so mad that he made whips out of cords and forced money changers out of the temple. There were animals and all sorts of goods being sold and traded in God’s house. In this case, Jesus’ anger was righteous anger because the money changers were disrespecting God’s house.
Anger toward God
In Psalm 22, you can read about David’s anger. He was angry at God because he didn’t understand why he had to go through all the trials and tribulations he was facing. He voiced his anger toward God to God. David did this in a very respectful manner. He followed up his respectful anger with thanking God for all the things he has done for him.
Watch how you speak
In Proverb 15:1, you learn that a gentle word turns away wrath and a harsh word stirs up anger. Later in the 18th verse, you learn that patience can calm a quarrel. This is an important reminder for Christians because it is all too easy to start yelling and screaming when things don’t go the way you think they should. Instead of automatically raising your voice when conflict arises, try to keep a low tone of voice. You may find that your low tone helps to calm the discord.
An angry Jesus
In Mark 3:4-5, Jesus gets angry with the stubbornness of humans. On the Sabbath, a man asked Jesus to heal him. The leaders thought that Jesus healing on the Sabbath was work. This passage says that Jesus looked at them with anger because he knew it was right to help the man. Jesus then took hold of his anger, told the man to stretch out his hand, and healed him.
Slow to anger and quick to listen
James 1:19-20 is a reminder in the New Testament that Christians have to be slow to anger and quick to listen. The passage goes on to say that human anger doesn’t produce the righteousness that God wants from his children. It is also a reminder that there are times when you wouldn’t have to get angry if you would just listen so you can understand a situation.