When You’re Mad at God

When You’re Mad at God

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This week I was reminded of how frustrated we can get with life. It sounds bad, doesn’t it? Shouldn’t we always be thankful for our lives? For the fact that God has given us this life?

Well sometimes, life is so hard that you get angry at everything. Even God. Maybe even, especially God. I sure did. I rallied against him when I was a kid because I had people do bad things to me that I didn’t deserve. Then, as I got older I developed my own bad patterns where I brought down bad things upon myself. Even then, I was mad at God and felt like he had abandoned me.

This week, Janet’s post asked “Do you think God left you hanging?” and it quickly gained traction. I think we all experience this sense of disappointment when our lives are filled with hurt and we don’t understand it. We don’t feel comforted and assume that God just isn’t there for us.

I have felt this way. It’s only now, years later, that I see it differently. God is the reason my anger has cooled and my frustration has been eased.


He is the reason I am able to tell you that if you’re angry, God still hears you. He still comforts you. You might not feel it then because you’re pushing everything away, including God, but as long as you continue talking with Him he will make sure you’re able to “hear” what he’s trying to say.

I’m so different now than before. I still have hurts and disappointments – big ones – but my reactions are different. God has brushed away the hard edges of anger than used to frame every single prayer.

If you’re angry at God, tell him. He knows this already and wants to help you work through it. Tell Him how angry you are, at him, at the world, and ask for his help in moving beyond anger. I was angry at Him because of things the world had done to me, but the ways of the world aren’t God’s ways.


I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

~John 16:33


God draws close to you when you are hurting. He is there holding you even when you don’t realize it.


The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18


Mostly, God is the place you can leave all the things you’re dealing with: anger, hurt, disappointment, fear… Say everything that is on your heart. Don’t be shy. God is the one place you can always be entirely yourself, no matter what state you’re in. You don’t have to put up a false smile for him.


Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7



Cherie Burbach About Cherie Burbach

Cherie Burbach is the founder of Putting on the New. She is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. For more, check out her website.


  1. Cherie, This is a welcoming post for many who might say you stole the words right out of their mouths. So many people think being angry at God justifies staying AWAY from Him, rather than running to him with their griefs. This is not what Job or David did. I’m so glad for their examples in Scripture. Staying open-handed toward God is a bit easier as we age, I believe, because we’ve gotten to see some of the good He’s brought out of the darkness. You’ve given good words here.

  2. Thank you Kristin! I didn’t notice this comment before. Where have I been? But I’m so glad I saw it. You’re so right about our relationship with God changing as we get older. He’s had more time to work on us and I’m glad for that.

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