During times of trouble it is very easy to let our emotions get the best of us. Whether it is anger against an enemy, or fear concerning the unknown, without the grace of God working in our lives, our troubles can destroy us. That is why it is important for us to learn how to manage our emotions. The best way for us to do so is through prayer.
Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Offer sacrifices in the right spirit and trust the Lord. (Psalm 4:4-5)
On two occasions David had the opportunity to get revenge against Saul. Twice Saul was within the reach of David’s spear and he could have easily taken Saul’s life. Yet, David didn’t. There was another time when David considered retaliating against another enemy named Nabal. Yet, David didn’t. Even when news reached David that one of his enemies had been killed in battle, David mourned rather than rejoice. How was David able to overcome the temptation to be angry and seek revenge?
We must remember that each of Satan’s talons are dipped in a poison meant to destroy our soul. The passion of lust can consume us and cause us to do many foolish things. The fear of failure can keep us from moving forward. And the desire for revenge can overcome us and hold us in the grip of bitterness. How do we defend ourselves against Satan’s attacks? The answer is prayer.
David provides us with some important counsel for dealing with our anger:
Step back and regain a proper perspective before you act
Remain silent until you know the right thing to say
Keep your relationship with the Lord pure
Trust in the Lord to guide you
There is a statement in the book of Proverbs that I have always valued: “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.” Proverbs 26:4
Don’t let yourself become like your enemy. Don’t let your natural appetites cause you to sin. Don’t let fear to hold you back. And don’t the desire for revenge cause you to become angry and bitter.
Instead, step back, pray about it, and continue to worship God in the right spirit. Will it work? Join me again tomorrow we will find out.
God bless you my brethren.