Mad At God?

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Eric stormed into my office and flopped into a chair. “I’m really mad at God.”

Having grown up in a strong church family, he’d met and married a Christian girl. Now he was the picture of misery.

“Okay…so why are you mad at God?”
“Because,” he said, “last week I committed adultery.”
Long pause. Finally I said, “I can see why God would be mad at you. But why are you mad at God?”

Eric explained that for several months he’d felt a strong, mutual attraction with a woman at his office. He’d prayed earnestly that God would keep him from immorality.

“Did you ask your wife to pray for you?” I said. “Did you stay away from the woman?”
“Well…no. We went out for lunch almost every day.”

Slowly I started pushing a big book across my desk. Eric watched, uncomprehending, as the book inched closer and closer to the edge. I prayed aloud, “O Lord, please keep this book from failing!”

I kept pushing and praying. God didn’t suspend the law of gravity. The book went right over the edge, smacking the floor.

“I’m mad at God,” I said to Eric. “I asked Him to keep my book from falling…but He let me down!”
– Randy Alcorn, The Purity Principle: God’s Safeguards for Life’s Dangerous Trails (LifeChange Books) (Sisters: Multnomah Books, 2003), 9-10.

How many find themselves in a similar situation with a different sin? This is not an unknown pattern, yet Scripture tells us:

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)

Eric, in the above story, was not tempted beyond his ability. He clearly knew there was a problem. He knew he was tempted, prayed to God and then knew he had sinned in the end. His problem was that he did not trust God take the way of escape. He continued to feed his temptation and then some by having lunch with this woman.

Eric’s ultimate solution was to blame God for his sin. Of course, blaming God is nothing new cf. Genesis 3:12. His ultimate problem was not finding full satisfaction in Christ. He “needed” something else to bring him fulfillment and contentment.

Isn’t this everyone’s problem though? Aren’t we all Eric at some point in some area of lives? Maybe even daily in some of the “little” things.

Just something to think about…

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The above article was posted on December 13, 2010 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Dan Smith December 13, 2010 at 9:53 pm

This is a case where, not only did he not truly ask for an escape from the sin, but he blocked God’s attempts at providing an escape! I did this too and will do it again if I don’t guard my heart. I suppose we men are worse at this than women, especially in the area of sexual sins, but maybe not. Either way, I know first hand that we are fully capable of breaking through the roadblocks that God can put in the way of sin, and we can walk away from God’s plan of escape as well.

2 Shailender from India Darshan December 17, 2010 at 2:39 am

The problem is we always remember GOD in the problem only but not when we are living happily. This is something that makes human a selfish species in the world.

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