Are You Angry With God?
2006-2007

 

“Much talk – little wisdom
Many words – no understanding”

 

And so it is with us when we murmur against the Lord because of some hardship we are encountering!

Personal events in our lives force us into the place of making decisions. Many times we either thought we had previously made or one we would prefer to avoid. Man’s very nature is to avoid commitment in areas that might lead to confrontation, especially with God.

More times than not these events be they unfulfilled promises that we have received from the Lord or tragedies involving great loss and sorrow and will cause us to demonstrate our frustration and anger. If you are in such a place, please be assured that you are not alone!

Nearly all the great men & women of God experience this frustration and anger with the Lord at some point in their relationship with Him. It basically stems from a two fold issue. The first we have not made Him Lord over our lives.

Secondly, the fact that we can not see what the Spirit is working in our lives and the lives of those around us. Still this is the sin of Rebellion and it has to be dealt the blow of death!

He is ever so patient with us, yet through His Holy Spirit, He is attempting to show us the rebellion that is deep within our hearts so that we might recognize the sin, repent and go forward all the wiser.

Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” Job 1:8

The book of Job gives us an excellent illustration of a man, a righteous man according to the Scriptures. Job who while walking in that righteous lost everything, all wealth, sons and daughters and eventually his health. Job’s initial response when all the horrific news arrived:

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:20-22
In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong!

And this is where our offense, our sin of rebellion comes in. When we say in our heart and mind or speak words that agree with the enemy who is always attempting to blame all evil happenings on God.

When we begin to blame our problems on God our Father,
“we are in agreement with the devil!

The devil was cast down from heaven as a result of his own rebellion.

I speak this to you because I was chief among you at blaming my Father for many of the hurts and pains of the past even though I know deep down in my heart that the evil came from the evil one. Still, through the frustration and anger, we have that thought and many times through our actions and words come the accusation that somehow our Father has abandoned us or has little regard for us, this is not the truth! We simply do not see what He is doing in our lives.

We all must change our mindset! The bible says that God (our Father) is the giver of all good and perfect gifts. That He has plans for a future to bless us and not to harm us. That if we ask Him for a fish, He will not give us a serpent and if we ask Him for a loaf of bread He will not give us a stone.

His constant desire and only intention is to bless His children.
In Chapter 2:11 during Job’s disease and still suffering the loss of property, and children, he is visited by “three friends”. Their names are: Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar.

Now these three men were not Job’s enemies but rather his friends. They had came to visit and comfort Job but when they first appeared they did not recognize Job for all the boils and disease and the decay of his body. They wept and could not speak for 7 days because of the grief they felt for their friend.
Their names are very important in establishing exactly the type of characters these men represent!

Eliphaz (def) “God is gold”
he gives the argument that God is perfect in all ways (truth) but then he goes on to make the case that all suffering is a result of sin. (not true)

Bildad (def) “Bel has loved.”
Bel is the beginning name which comes from the Babylonian deity. Refers to wisdom of the east or worldly wisdom.
He uses the same arguments, accusing Job’s children’s deaths on their own sin but Job argues his point well and Bildad retreats from the accusations and declares the Glory of God. You see he had no real new information, no wisdom only more presumptions, accusations and condemnation.

Zophar (def) “Chirper or whistle”
Could be referred to as the “annoying one”.

Finally, all that Job was experiencing, loss, death, disease, angry silly words from his wife and now his best friends who openly ridiculed and corrected him; finally, all of this brought out Job’s frustration and anger

But the Lord was not correcting Job for some sin but rather
God was displaying him to the darkness!

 

When you are a Saint of the Lord, be prepared,
be diligent, be strong in the Lord and KNOW that the enemy is out to destroy you but the Lord loves you so much that He (the proud Father) says to the darkness, “Hey devil, have you considered him?”
It is though we are the Lord’s trophies and our proud Papa is showing off the accomplishments of His sons.

Jesus has with His own Blood, chose us, earned and won us and now it is
our lives that are on display to the darkness!

The Lord is saying we are His trophies, the sons of the living God!
We are the ones whom
He chose to display to the darkness and made us more than conquerors!

“Look at my son, he is blameless because he believes in me, he is upright and he is mine! He fears God and shuns evil and that is the deepest desire of all those who truly love the Lord, “to have a fearful reverence God and to shun evil”. Yet, while in this physical body our members are wrestling with one another. For those things I desire to do, I can not seem to do. But those things I do not want to do, I am continually doing.

The Lord in His infinite wisdom, as with Job and is with us taking our lives that are full of light and righteousness and allowing the darkness to come upon us. In the midst of that darkness, His light within us is like a beacon of His Righteousness and Glory to dispel the darkness. Even the very demons of hell can not stand to be in the presence of His light!

Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth,
a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
Job 1:8

This is the Holy Spirit working in us, to allow the enemy to refine us, to sift us like wheat that the trying of our Faith might be complete. Unless we flex our spiritual muscles, our Faith will remain as a babe, without power, without wisdom and without the ability or desire to be led by the Holy Spirit. We are being trained to become kings and priests, do you not know that one day you Saints will judge the angels. Wonderful things are in store for all of you who love Him. However…………..

We all forget and become too familiar with the God of the universe as if
He were our equal.

The Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the One who made everything and
without Him nothing was made that was made.
His ways are far above our ways and who can know Him?

 

The Lord’s response to Job

Job 38-42
The LORD Reveals His Omnipotence to Job

1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

2 “Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?

3 Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

4 “ Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.

5 Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?

6 To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,

7 When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and issued from the womb;

9 When I made the clouds its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling band;

10 When I fixed My limit for it,
And set bars and doors;

11 When I said,
‘This far you may come, but no farther,
And here your proud waves must stop!’

12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
And caused the dawn to know its place,

13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?

14 It takes on form like clay under a seal,
And stands out like a garment.

15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?

17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?

18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.

19 “ Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,

20 That you may take it to its territory,
That you may know the paths to its home?

21 Do you know it, because you were born then,
Or because the number of your days is great?

22 “Have you entered the treasury of snow,
Or have you seen the treasury of hail,

23 Which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle and war?

24 By what way is light diffused,
Or the east wind scattered over the earth?

25 “Who has divided a channel for the overflowing water,
Or a path for the thunderbolt,

26 To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one,
A wilderness in which there is no man;

27 To satisfy the desolate waste,
And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?

28 Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

29 From whose womb comes the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?

30 The waters harden like stone,
And the surface of the deep is frozen.

31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?

32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?

33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?

34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water may cover you?

35 Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?

36 Who has put wisdom in the mind?
Or who has given understanding to the heart?

37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

38 When the dust hardens in clumps,
And the clods cling together?

39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

40 When they crouch in their dens,
Or lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?

41 Who provides food for the raven,
When its young ones cry to God,
And wander about for lack of food?

Job 39

1 “Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young?
Or can you mark when the deer gives birth?

2 Can you number the months that they fulfill?
Or do you know the time when they bear young?

3 They bow down,
They bring forth their young,
They deliver their offspring.

4 Their young ones are healthy,
They grow strong with grain;
They depart and do not return to them.

5 “Who set the wild donkey free?
Who loosed the bonds of the onager,

6 Whose home I have made the wilderness,
And the barren land his dwelling?

7 He scorns the tumult of the city;
He does not heed the shouts of the driver.

8 The range of the mountains is his pasture,
And he searches after every green thing.

9 “Will the wild ox be willing to serve you?
Will he bed by your manger?

10 Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes?
Or will he plow the valleys behind you?

11 Will you trust him because his strength is great?
Or will you leave your labor to him?

12 Will you trust him to bring home your grain,
And gather it to your threshing floor?

13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork’s?

14 For she leaves her eggs on the ground,
And warms them in the dust;

15 She forgets that a foot may crush them,
Or that a wild beast may break them.

16 She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers;
Her labor is in vain, without concern,

17 Because God deprived her of wisdom,
And did not endow her with understanding.

18 When she lifts herself on high,
She scorns the horse and its rider.

19 “Have you given the horse strength?
Have you clothed his neck with thunder?

20 Can you frighten him like a locust?
His majestic snorting strikes terror.

21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He gallops into the clash of arms.

22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened;
Nor does he turn back from the sword.

23 The quiver rattles against him,
The glittering spear and javelin.

24 He devours the distance with fierceness and rage;
Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.

25 At the blast of the trumpet he says, ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle from afar,
The thunder of captains and shouting.

26 “Does the hawk fly by your wisdom,
And spread its wings toward the south?

27 Does the eagle mount up at your command,
And make its nest on high?

28 On the rock it dwells and resides,
On the crag of the rock and the stronghold.

29 From there it spies out the prey;
Its eyes observe from afar.

30 Its young ones suck up blood;
And where the slain are, there it is.

Job 40

1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said:

2 “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”

3 Then Job answered the LORD and said:

4 “ Behold, I am vile;
What shall I answer You?
I lay my hand over my mouth.

5 Once I have spoken, but I will not answer;
Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

6 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:

7 “Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me:

8 “ Would you indeed annul My judgment?
Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?

9 Have you an arm like God?
Or can you thunder with a voice like His?

10 Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor,
And array yourself with glory and beauty.

11 Disperse the rage of your wrath;
Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him.

12 Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low;
Tread down the wicked in their place.

13 Hide them in the dust together,
Bind their faces in hidden darkness.

14 Then I will also confess to you
That your own right hand can save you.

15 “Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you;
He eats grass like an ox.

16 See now, his strength is in his hips,
And his power is in his stomach muscles.

17 He moves his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.

18 His bones are like beams of bronze,
His ribs like bars of iron.

19 He is the first of the ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.

20 Surely the mountains yield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.

21 He lies under the lotus trees,
In a covert of reeds and marsh.

22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade;
The willows by the brook surround him.

23 Indeed the river may rage,
Yet he is not disturbed;
He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,

24 Though he takes it in his eyes,
Or one pierces his nose with a snare.

Job 41

1 “Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook,
Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?

2 Can you put a reed through his nose,
Or pierce his jaw with a hook?

3 Will he make many supplications to you?
Will he speak softly to you?

4 Will he make a covenant with you?
Will you take him as a servant forever?

5 Will you play with him as with a bird,
Or will you leash him for your maidens?

6 Will your companions make a banquet of him?
Will they apportion him among the merchants?

7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?

8 Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle—
Never do it again!

9 Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false;
Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him?

10 No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up.
Who then is able to stand against Me?

11 Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him?
Everything under heaven is Mine.

12 “I will not conceal his limbs,
His mighty power, or his graceful proportions.

13 Who can remove his outer coat?
Who can approach him with a double bridle?

14 Who can open the doors of his face,
With his terrible teeth all around?

15 His rows of scales are his pride,
Shut up tightly as with a seal;

16 One is so near another
That no air can come between them;

17 They are joined one to another,
They stick together and cannot be parted.

18 His sneezings flash forth light,
And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

19 Out of his mouth go burning lights;
Sparks of fire shoot out.

20 Smoke goes out of his nostrils,
As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.

21 His breath kindles coals,
And a flame goes out of his mouth.

22 Strength dwells in his neck,
And sorrow dances before him.

23 The folds of his flesh are joined together;
They are firm on him and cannot be moved.

24 His heart is as hard as stone,
Even as hard as the lower millstone.

25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid;
Because of his crashings they are beside themselves.

26 Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail;
Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.

27 He regards iron as straw,
And bronze as rotten wood.

28 The arrow cannot make him flee;
Slingstones become like stubble to him.

29 Darts are regarded as straw;
He laughs at the threat of javelins.

30 His undersides are like sharp potsherds;
He spreads pointed marks in the mire.

31 He makes the deep boil like a pot;
He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.

32 He leaves a shining wake behind him;
One would think the deep had white hair.

33 On earth there is nothing like him,
Which is made without fear.

34 He beholds every high thing;
He is king over all the children of pride.”

Job 42

1 Then Job answered the LORD and said:

2 “I know that You can do everything,
And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.

3 You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

4 Listen, please, and let me speak;
You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’

5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.

6 Therefore I abhor myself,
And repent in dust and ashes.”

7 And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.

9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job.

10 And the LORD restored Job’s losseswhen he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.

12 Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.

13 He also had seven sons and three daughters.

14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch.

15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.

16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. 17 So Job died, old and full of days.

While the Holy Spirit looks deep in to the motivations of our heart that we do the right things for the right reasons, the end result was that the Lord blessed Job above and beyond all that Job has at the beginning!

We do not do “righteous” things because of a reward but rather we do them out of love God and His purposes.
What we do or do not do is a demonstration of what is inside of us, when anger is present it will come out during those
difficult testings, And when it does the Spirit is revealing to us that we have an issue in our lives and we are required to decide how we will deal with it.

Steve Grable
http://jeremiah111.org/