We Thank God for What We Have but Do You Tell Him Your Complaints?

United States
April 10, 2009 9:44am CST
In life I have learned that all Christians thank God for all their blessing, they pray to God for guidence, they ask God to heal the sick, they ask God to help others find their way, Christians ask God for many different things, and thank him for all he has done, but do you as a Christian talk to God about your frustrations, or when you feel like he has failed you, or when you are angry with him for some reason, or why you feel disappointed? I watched a show that had an actor play a preacher and he had a memeber of his church come to him because her son had lost his way and was not coming to church because he was not sure if he believed in God any more because no matter how much he prayed for a certain thing he was not answered and did not get what he prayed for. While there talking to this preacher he got her talk about if she had ever doubted God and at first she did what many others did and said NO, but then she admitted that she was very angry with at one time during her divorce, and felt like God had abandoned her, and the preacher asked her, "We all tell God what we want, we all tell God how great he is and thank him, but we seem to not tell him when he makes us angry or mad at him, or when he disappoints us or makes us feel left alone. These should be told to God he is a Big Boy and can take us being mad at him, being disappointed in him, and at times feeling hate. He understands these things and he wants us at these times to express them to him like we do others or to ourselves." I liked that saying and it has stuck with me for years. It make total since if we can tell him the God things, thank him, and ask him for things, then we should also tell him everything else because he is a Big Boy and he does understand and he does forgive. When my father died I did hate God for allowing my father to die. I am a christian and I do understand death and that God has a reason and purpose for us all and when our time comes it is for a reason, but I am a Daddy's Girl BIG TIME, and when he was taken from me I was do angry with God that I had hate feelings torward him. This went on for 2 yrs and then I saw that show and it was like God was talking to me. I went to a quite place in my home and talked to God about my anger and hate towards him, and afterwards I felt peacful and complete, and all that anger and hate just washed away from me and I knew then God understood, and had forgiven me. So when you talk to God do you tell him when you are mad or angry at him?
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• United States
11 Apr 09
That is a great saying. I have kind of abandoned praying since I was a child. Sometimes I pray if I'm really hoping something will turn out for the best. I believe in God full-heartedly but I need to get back in to the swing of things, especially since I have two children and I would like for them to know god too. I can't ever say that I've blamed God for anything or been that angry with him, but that doesn't mean it won't happen in the future. Great topic!
• United States
11 Apr 09
Thank you for sharing and I wish you best at finding your way back to God, and for your children too. Have a Great Easter and God Bless!!
• Philippines
11 Apr 09
AS I read the title of the discussion I smiled at it. Lately as I talk to God before going to sleep I would thank Him give my adoration, ask for the things That my family, friends and I need and I never fail to tell God how I feel, it includes my frustrations, my hurts, my pains, I ask Him questions that It seems I am just talking to my friend. At time I even whine at God about things. I think this is how we should talk to God. I know no matter how we feel we should let know God about it though He knows everything that has happen and what we feel but then lifting everything to Him helps to ease the burden that I feel. At times when I feel sad or angry and questioning God about things I would open my Bible and read looking for the answer of my questions. that all things works together for good for those who love GOD.. (Rom. 8:28). Nice post!!!
• United States
11 Apr 09
I would like to thank everyone on here for there responses and sharing their feelings about this. Happy Easter Everyone and God Bless!!
@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
10 Apr 09
I think that you have proposed an interesting topic for discussion today. I can fully understand that we might ask God for help and support and pray for his assistance and guidance. We also need to seek him in the good times or the bad times as well. I have been angry and felt slighted when something didn't go my way and I would be mad. I still sometimes get angry and blame God for things. I realize that it isn't his fault. He is there for us to lean on not to blame. A lot of things happen in life that aren't fair. There are constant struggles and battles and sometimes we can easily lose our sight in the Lord and forget that he is always there to guide us through the most difficult times. That is when I believe that God wants us to lean on him the most. Sometimes I think that it is just a test of our faith to see when we will come to him for his strong support. I don't know if I have really ever told God that I was angry with him. He probably already knows how we feel before we even seek him out.
• United States
10 Apr 09
Thank you and I totally agree with you he does know how we feel, and I do think it is a test of sorts to see if we week him out during these times, but I also think that even though he knows how we feel that part of that test of seeking him out is to tell him verbally. I do know that the bad things that happen is not his fault and so many peole ask why did God not stop or why does God allow it, but he does neither of these things, he gave us free will to choose our own paths in life, and the bad things that happen I think is the Devil tempting our faith to ask those types of quetions and make people God and his existance. I have a saying that all my friends and family love and I would like to share that saying, "I would rather believe in God now and die and find out that my belief was wrong, then to not to believe in God and die and find out there is a Heaven and God." Thank you for sharing, and I do not believe their is ever a right or wrong answer when it comes to put beliefs in God because we do not know what really is right or wrong so sharing our beliefs and thoughts gives others something to think about and consider and build their belief on. Thank you and God Bless.
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• India
19 Apr 09
Yes , so many times I complain to God about so many issue. But I don't think God listen any of my complain. Everytime I feel neglected from the side of God.
@chiyosan (30213)
• Philippines
16 Apr 09
i tell God what i want in my life and i also tell him everything that is in my mind, like what i wish this and that become.. i also let him know what saddens me.. etc.
@cream97 (29151)
• United States
11 Apr 09
Hi, Ozargirl! No, I really never tell God that I am mad at him. I am scared to tell him, I fear doing this. He may punish me somehow. So, I respect my father as I talk to him. I do tell him that I want him to giude me and that I need him in my life. I always tell him this. I don't want to sound too demanding when I talk to God. I want him to see that I love him and that I have the utmost respect for him. I will be upfront and serious with God.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
11 Apr 09
I really don't remember ever being angry at God. Maybe there were times and I just didn't acknowledge it. I do tend to complain to God though but its about other people or circumstances. I remember praying for something once and instead of getting what I prayed for the circumstances got worse but He used that do bring about what I had prayed for. He has done that a few times in fact. I do think we should talk to God about anything that is bothering us. He already know anyway and wants us to draw closer to Him.
@elmiko (6635)
• United States
11 Apr 09
no i don't complain i pray about the problems and ask for help.
@sanuanu (11235)
• India
11 Apr 09
For me it is the other way around. I only complain to God when I am angry and very seldom I do thank him for all good things he provided me. On the other hand, I want to check God what he would do if I don't obey him. I did it twice and both the times I got yelled by him so, now on I have made a theory that no one can go against him otherwise he would be penalized. I am sorry to you for your dad but I am glad that you understood that life must go on!