When followers of Jesus find ourselves at odds with the Almighty, we face a common dilemma: Do we give voice to our anger, or do we squelch it? Oftentimes, when we face hardship—sickness or death, separation from loved ones or silence from heaven—our first inclination is to smother the negative emotions. We tell ourselves, “A child of God ought not feel such things.” God is good, after all. We know He is good. We talk all the time of His lovingkindness. We even sing praise anthems to our “good, good Father.”
Our emotions don’t cooperate so easily, though. Disappointment hangs around. Anger lingers until it becomes an embarrassment to us. A shame. Sooner or later, we have to find a way to deal with it.
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