MEMORY VERSE: he that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city, Proverbs 16:32
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Num 34, Ps 78:39-72, Isa 26, 1 Jn 4
wise rarely react in anger because wrath is cruel and anger is
outrageous, Proverbs 27:4. Not only that, anger resides in the lap of
fools, Ecclesiastes 7:9. Reacting in anger increases your chances of
making a bad decision. In 1 Samuel 14:25-45 Saul out of anger sentenced
his son (Jonathan) to death because he licked honey. Thank God for the
people who rescued Jonathan from his hands. Making a bad decision as a
result of anger can be very fatal. I heard the sad story of a man who
paid the ultimate price for the wrong decision he made out of anger. He
saw his brother surrounded by four police men. Instead of approaching
the policemen to ask questions, he got very angry, grabbed a club and
ran towards the police men. One of the policemen saw him running towards
them with a big club and shot him in self defense. Sadly this man did
not survive the shot.
Reacting in anger can cause you to lose
valuable things. In Exodus 2:11-15 Moses saw an Egyptian beating up a
Jew. Of all things to do in the world, Moses killed this Egyptian and
buried him. This single act turned Prince Moses into a vagabond in the
desert. Also reacting in anger only complicates a matter not settle it.
Because Saul disobeyed God, Samuel decided to path ways with him, 1
Samuel 15:24-28. As Samuel turned to leave Saul out of anger grabbed his
garment and it rent. Because Saul rent the garment of prophet of God,
the Lord rent the kingdom of Israel from his hands. Reacting in anger
can also cost an individual God’s plan and purpose for his life. God’s
plan was to take Moses to the promise land. Moses could not because he
reacted in anger, instead of speaking to the rock he struck it twice and
the Lord decided to replace him.
An important reason why you
should not react in anger today is because your reaction could be used
against you tomorrow. Because Moses reacted in anger and killed the
Egyptian, at the end he became a murderer .After the death of Moses;
Satan used the death of the Egyptian against Moses but thank God he did
not succeed, Jude 1:9. Proverbs 16:32 says he that is slow to anger is
better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he that
taketh a city .This is the main reason why you must run from people that
are advising you to react in anger. Rebuke that spirit that is asking
you to care less about the consequences and react in anger.
PRAYER POINT : Father, help me to rule my spirit.