by Sharman J. Monroe
“A man of great anger will bear the penalty [for his quick temper and lack of self-control];
For if you rescue him [and do not let him learn from the consequences of his action], you will only have to rescue him over and over again.”
Proverbs 19:19 (AMP)
So many people are angry today and they are quick about showing their anger to everyone else. The cashier is slow checking out customers in the line. The customer service rep doesn’t say what you want to hear. Someone accidently bumps into you. Someone doesn’t return your good morning greeting. There’s a post on social media that you have to react to. Being angry is the “thing” to be.
When we are angry, we stop thinking. We loose control over ourselves. We spew words and do stupid things that hurt others or ourselves. We stop thinking about the consequences of what we say or do. And we spiral down into more anger.
God understands that, as humans, we sometimes get angry and justifiably so. But He teaches us to not go to bed angry (Ephesians 4:26) because doing so welcomes in anger, an evil spirit that causes destruction among His people.
We must understand that no matter what we see or hear, God is in complete control. In all situations, God is our Vindicator. He has a good plan for each of us designed to prosper each of us in His timing. Maybe the slow cashier is causing you to miss the car accident on the street you will be driving on. Maybe the person who bumped into you is just clumsy. Maybe the person who didn’t return your greeting didn’t hear you. The one person you can control on this planet is you. Manage yourself. Manage your anger.