Anger at the World (God’s Creation)

 
 

Have you ever met anyone who is just angry at the world? They always seem to see their lives as a raw deal, even though they have much to be thankful for. This person is always looking for their “due”. They have the impression that life has just short sheeted them no matter what they do.

 
 

These people like anger. They like to see themselves as the victims of a cruel creation. In their eyes, life just doesn’t have enough to offer them. What fools!

 
 

They are chronically unhappy, and really when the truth be told are the most selfish people on Earth. Like the insatiable baby bird, they are always looking for life to supply them with worms. Hard work and “other” centered activity is something they avidly avoid. These people would rather cherish their angry stance toward life, because being miserable keeps them in their self justified self centered world.

I often wonder what God is thinking when we are always negative. Here, He created us in His image with a calling to glorify Him in our existence. He keeps us protected as we apply ourselves to the tasks He sets out for us. He gives us a purpose for our lives, and enables us to live out that purpose. While we may not get everything we want, we certainly do not lack what we need.

 
 

What people don’t get, I think, is that in order to BE happy, they need to find their happiness in God. Very often, what makes perpetually angry people angry is that they are really ungrateful for the blessings God HAS given them, and really do not want God telling them what makes them happy. They are constantly trying to rewrite reality with themselves, instead of God, at the center.

 
 

Ask an angry person about the last time they gave of themselves cheerfully to another person as an ambassador of the Kingdom of Heaven. Chances are they don’t know what that is. When these people give, they are looking for something in return. They have no joy in giving to the other, because they are more concerned with what THEY are missing out on while they do that.

 
 

This type of person is always too busy, too tired, too whatever to give of themselves. They see themselves as always the loser in relationships because their expectations of what they will receive are always unmet. These people cannot benefit from intimacy because intimacy requires vulnerability, and that would be a risk. Risking is potential loss, and angry people are always counting their losses. They never have time for blessings.

 
 

Additionally, when you ask them about their service to God, they get indignant. They just KNOW that God is letting them off the hook. Sunday is the ONLY day they get to sleep. God knows that, and so He, supposedly doesn’t expect from them what He expects from all the other humans He created. God should just let them off the hook. How dare He, they think…didn’t He create this mess? They fail to see the noose they have placed around their own necks.

 
 

How angry are you? What do you think you deserve? Look right into Jesus’ eyes, can you say that to Him with a straight face?

I hope not!

SYNT

 
 

Meditation:

 
 

Read the following Psalm. Think about David’s attitude toward God. How is the angry man different than David? What is missing?

What advice would you give the angry man on how not to have such a miserable life?

 

Psalm 41

1  For the choir director; a psalm by David.
Blessed is the one who has concern for helpless people. The Lord will rescue him in times of trouble.
2 The Lord will protect him and keep him alive. He will be blessed in the land. Do not place him at the mercy of his enemies. 3 The Lord will support him on his sickbed. You will restore this person to health when he is ill.
4 I said, “O Lord, have pity on me! Heal my soul because I have sinned against you.” 5 My enemies say terrible things about me: “When will he die, and when will his family name disappear?” 6 When one of them comes to visit me, he speaks foolishly. His heart collects gossip. {Then} he leaves to tell others. 7 Everyone who hates me whispers about me. They think evil things about me and say, 8 “A devilish disease has attached itself to him. He will never leave his sickbed.” 9 Even my closest friend whom I trusted, the one who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me. 10 Have pity on me, O Lord! Raise me up so that I can pay them back 11 and my enemy cannot shout in triumph over me. When you do this, I know that you are pleased with me. 12 You defend my integrity, and you set me in your presence forever.
13 Thank the Lord God of Israel through all eternity!

Amen and amen!

Psalms 41:1-13 (GW)

 
 

Prayer:

 
 

Ask God to bring to mind those things that make you angry. How does your anger insult God? How does your anger reflect selfishness on your part? Ask God to root out these sins and begin to heal them in your heart.

 
 

Activity 1

 
 

Make a “hit list” of the top 10 things that make you angry. Rate the items on the list in importance order.  Briefly describe each item as to why this item angers you, what you expect to be different and what you can do to effect that difference.

 
 

Activity 2

 
 

With each item, list how often you have prayed about it to God. Write down how He has answered. Does a lack of an answer or a no, increase your anger? Why?

 
 

Activity 3

 
 

Write a letter to God about your situation. Tell Him why you think this situation should change. Discuss why you think God is not being fair. Then, read Psalm 112. Honestly compare yourself and your attitude with the person in the Psalm. What needs to change?

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