Psa 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Pro 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Jas 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
There is an old saying, “They can git glad in the same britches they got mad in. Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: We each one have been given an emotion that can be used properly or improperly. How often is it used wrongly and really is a witness against us?
The Psalmist says to cease from anger and forsake wrath:. The context shows that anger or wrath is inappropriate is come instances. The Lord says to not fret or be angry over those wicked that prosper. There are certain things that we can do nothing about, but we should depend upon the Lord in these situations. So let us not be angry over the wicked, that is God’s responsibility. Let us not be angry over what we perceive. We could be wrong in our perception.
Proverbs says to be slow to anger. Let us not mistake a situation and be wrong in our anger. Often, prayer and patience reveals that anger is not necessary. James says be slow to wrath. Haste to become angry often testifies against us. It reveals a heart of unforgiveness. We are to be a forgiving people. Do not misunderstand what is said. The scriptures do not say to never be angry, but our encouragement is to use our anger in such a way that it is beneficial to all. Do not allow anger to rule us but rule anger as Jesus did when he drove the money changers out of the temple. Anger, don’t lose it, use it.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:6, KJB)
at the top of intellectually stimulating reading in the Bible are the
books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. These books were written by
Solomon, Son of David, King of Israel. He remains the wisest sinner
who ever lived. His forty-year reign was the most glorious Israel
ever had, and the nation rose to the zenith of its history in the
construction of the temple and other works in a time of unparalleled
peace. So, one may wonder in view of these things just what did
Solomon do that was so right?
Usually, there are a number of
things in the lives of people that may be pointed out as the
underlying cause. However, it is often the more simple things that
become the most profound. Such is true in the case of Solomon.
Solomon was anointed King of Israel to succeed his father, David, he
understood the magnitude of the task before him was overwhelming. He
did not see his unique position as a springboard to fulfilling
fleshly desires and wallowing in luxury so commonly the failure of
many. Instead, he took the responsibility of his position quite
seriously, and felt unequal to the task. In that frame of mind,
Solomon earnestly prayed to the God of heaven for wisdom to lead His
people. He did not pray for health, wealth, fame or any of the other
common things men covet.
Accordingly, God both heard and
answered his prayer. Moreover, God gave Solomon much more than he
asked, including wisdom such as no man before him had possessed, and
no man after him would possess. In words Solomon himself would later
pen he said, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not
unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he
shall direct thy paths.” Solomon looked to God, he trusted God, and
sought the help of God to fulfill the task that life had brought to
him. In these things what Solomon did was so right!
you? Do you operate in the power and wisdom of yourself? Do you trust
primarily in the advice of others? So many live their lives this way
and it is wrong. Do you look to God in prayer for wisdom to live life
as it pleases Him? Do you look to His word for instructions about
decisions you must make? If you do, then you are following the
example of Solomon, and that is so right!