Angry with God? Tim Keller on suffering.


Do you ever get angry at God for not stopping the suffering, the war, the famine, death and grief? Here’s a helpful application from the time Jesus calmed the storm, from Tim Keller’s book “King’s Cross.”

If you have a God great enough and powerful enough to mad at [angry with] because he doesn’t stop your suffering, you also have a God who’s great enough and powerful enough to have reasons that you can’t understand. You can’t have it both ways. My teacher Elizabeth Elliot put it beautifully in two brief sentences: “God is God, and since he is God, he is worthy of my worship and my service. I will find rest nowhere else but in his will, and that will is necessarily infinitely, immeasurably, unspeakably, beyond my largest notions of what he is up to.” If you are at the mercy of the storm [like the disciples in the boat with Jesus], its power is unimaginable and it doesn’t love you. The only place you’re safe is in the will of God. But because he’s God and you’re not, the will of God is necessarily, immeasurably, unspeakably beyond your largest notions of what he is up to. Is he safe? “Of course he is not safe. Who said anything about being safe? But he’s good. He’s the King.”

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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