Anger is one of the biggest triggers of sin for me. The trigger could be something big or small, but regardless of the size of temptation, I know that the first thing I want to do is react instead of pray. It’s so easy to fly off the handle; even if I don’t curse out loud, I know I’m doing it in my mind. This morning something happened, and I fought every urge to overreact to the situation. The first thing that came to mind was Ephesians 4:26, “In your anger, do not sin.” I really needed to calm down before I prayed, and then I wondered to myself, even if I do pray, would God listen?
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened…” Psalm 66:18
I believe that if I cherish anything above God in my heart, then God would turn a deaf ear to my prayers. Is anger so important to me that I need to hold fast to it instead of praying about the situation? Is the situation so out of hand that it warrants you the right to behave in rash ways or say things you will regret later on?
“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.” Proverbs 12:16
Usually, our gut reaction to an incident ends up making us look bad. Sure, we’re expressing our emotions all right, but if there are people around us, we look like fools to them. There are good and bad ways to express our anger, and the Bible has a label for someone who instantly reacts the minute he is angered or annoyed.
“We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.” John 9:31
“Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.” Job 36:21
“For what hope does the godless have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life? Does God listen to his cry when distress comes upon him? Will he find delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?” Job 27:8-10
If we are intentional about doing God’s will at all times, God will enable us to cope with the situation without giving into fits of rage. We just need help from God and we ask for it through prayer. It’s much easier to give into what feels right rather than what is right. What hope does the godless have? The only way he can turn things around is if he starts putting his hope in God. At the end of the day, the choice is ours. Will we find delight in God and call upon Him at all times, or will we give in to what’s easy?
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