But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Jonah 4:4
Anger is something that is seen everywhere a person goes. No matter where one goes, there appears to be someone angry about something. While most of the time it is silent angry, with just a look on the face and no real action, there is still anger.
People are angry about how slow someone is driving, or how long the checkout line is, the sudden change in weather, what is being said in the news, or some other reason. Most often anger is because someone is not getting their way in some situation.
Once Jonah had preached to the people of Nineveh, the people had repented and God had relented on destroying the city. As this occurred Jonah was very angry with God. God asked Jonah if it was right for Jonah to be angry.
As said, most people get angry about something because it did not go their way. They wanted or expected things to go a certain way and they did not, so they get upset and angry.
It is common for people, including believers, to get angry with God, because God did not act or do something they way that they had desired and prayed for. They had in their mind the way it should be handled and God did it differently.
There have been many people who have walked away from God and quit serving Him because He did not do something the way they desired. The reasons can be many, such as someone was not healed, someone died, a provision was not made in a certain way, or some other reason.
For the believer to be angry with God is to be selfish and refusing to believe God is in control. When things do not go a certain way or as expected, the believer must trust God knows what is going on and is still in control, rather than get angry. See the situation through God’s eyes.
In your life there will be times when God will not act in just the way you think He should. Do not get angry with God. Ask God to reveal to you why His way is the better way. See the situation through His eyes of perfect love and perfection.
God sees the bigger picture and His goal is one of eternity, not just the temporary. Trust God, rather than get angry, which can lead to sin.
I pray today that you will trust God is in control; that you will trust God knows what is best for every situation; that you will know God’s great love; and that you will not get angry with God’s choices in your life.