Angry at God? (James 1)

Sometimes we get angry with God because of the trials we go through. We shout, “Do you really hate me that much? Do you WANT me to walk away from you?”

But James reminds us of something important. God is good. He proved it by choosing us to be his children. He didn’t have to do that. He could have let us die and go to hell for our sin. But because he loved us, he saved us and chose us to be his children.

And God is not like shifting shadows, one day saying, “I love you,” and the next saying, “I think I’ll make your life miserable today.”

Instead every good and perfect gift comes from above. In short, he is a good father.

And no, he doesn’t want you to walk away. He wants you to grow stronger. He doesn’t want you to stay a baby. He wants you to become mature and complete lacking nothing. But that can only happen when we face adversity in the face, and say in faith, “God is still good. I will not doubt his Word. I will keep obeying no matter what.”

So be quick to listen to God, slow to speak, and slow to get angry at him. That kind of anger does not product God’s righteousness in your life. Instead, humbly receive his word in your life.

And when you have stood the test, you will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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