Can Anger at God Be Righteous?

By: J. Todd Billings – Christianity Today – January/February 2019

AFTER I WAS diagnosed with cancer five years ago, I returned to the Book of Psalms anew. I started to pray with psalms that I had merely read before or had skipped altogether. While I was receiving intense chemo, a seminary student told me he was praying Psalm 102 for me.

In my distress, I groan aloud

and am reduced to skin and bones.

I am like a desert owl,

like an owl among the ruins. (v. 5-6)

My heart skipped a beat. As I read on, I found that the psalm contained a complaint and a petition that I felt deeply but did not know how to express:

In the course of my life he broke my strength;

he cut short my days.

So I said:

“Do not take me away, my God,

in the midst of my days;

your years go on through all generations.”

(v. 23-24)

Please, Lord, my children are one and three. Please don’t cut me off “in the midst of my days.” Your years, oh God, “go on through all generations.” You have plenty.

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