19 So then,[a] my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Good morning, back at home in the Word this morning I came across this nugget of truth. This truth is quick to reveal in me that the things I get mad at, that I am not taking the time to listen to, and quick to snap back are more than likely things that are cutting into my selfishness. I am not sure if you knew that about me; but it is true – I am selfish.
In my first world problems I find it difficult to get mad at what God gets mad about. I am all to often more worried about myself and not about the things going on around me that God cares for. In this world, the thought of all of the unbelievable atrocities going on I can be overwhelmed and often think, “what can I possibly do that would help any of those situations?” When really, I don’t have to do anything about those situations I see on the news, how am I doing loving my next door neighbor? Helping care for those that are sick and elderly in my neighborhood? How about that African American man walking in the rain or the Hispanic woman trying to carry her groceries with two kids in tow? How about that Indian woman that I work with? What about the Muslim man I see in morning on the train that I see reading his Quran that no one speaks to?
No I am more worried about why my wife is not doing what I want her to do. Why can’t my grandkids just pick up after themselves. I am so quick to yell at them and storm around the house with unkind words and attitude. How do I expect my grandchildren or my neighbor who is watching me yell at my grandchildren to know the love of Jesus. The Jesus that died for them – the Jesus that is “…merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. Ps 103:8. The Jesus that has set me free and calmed the wrath in me.
When I find myself in those moments it because I am not getting my way. My prayer today is that the Lord would open our hearts and my eyes to what He cares about and to be more worried about that than ourselves. That I am more concerned with revealing His wonderful glory than myself wrath.
You are loved beyond measure.