How do you hang in there, when you are tired of everything, even God?

I'd like to get some suggestions about 'hanging in there' with God when you're tired of nearly everything and everybody - even God? I'm NOT suicidal or homicidal.

Sometimes I get so tired of people and disappointments that I say to God, "You know, I'm kind of tired of you right now. Things are taking too long to happen, and I don't feel like talking to you right now."

I know I'm supposed to thank God for what he's done and for what he's doing that I may take for granted - and I do. The thing is, I'm - like other people, I guess - am tired of money problems and stupid, hateful people right now. I sometimes get very negative, impatient, and bitter towards God, people, and life in general. What suggestions do you have? My suggestions are telling God (respectfully) how I feel, finding the simple pleasures in life, thanking God in spite of my frustrations, reading the Bible (if just a chapter), going to church, and getting away from people for a while (maybe a quiet place in a park or something). This is selfish, but I don't feel like helping anyone right now, as I'm kind of tired of people and need a break from them. God knows I don't want to hate anyone, and I pray that I won't.

Well, maybe I answered my own question ....

Any comments will be welcome (I think...)

My response is in Green:

I think you need to evaluate your relationship with God. I think that is where the problem is. You stated it very well yourself: I sometimes get very negative, impatient, and bitter towards God, people, and life in general. This is not right. It is not wrong to be honest with God as you said in a respectful way, but it is wrong to have these feelings in the first place. Let me show you what I mean from God's word:

(1 John 4:19-21 NIV) [19] We love because he first loved us. [20] If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. [21] And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Now I know you did not say you hated people, but your attitude sure makes that look like what is going on.

(1 John 2:3-6 NIV) [3] We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. [4] The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. [5] But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: [6] Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

How did Jesus walk? What commandments did He give us? First Jesus showed love and compassion for everyone. Second He commanded us to treat others as we treat ourselves. You message to me sure makes it sound as if you are struggling in this area. You should have compassion on others.

Get your relationship with God repaired. You need to first admit that there is a problem and then go to God and confess that problem to Him and ask for His help to deal with it.



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