Shabbat Shalom, friends!
We never get angry, right? Yes? No? Well, that is for you to answer. I reckon that we do get angry, at times, as it’s a challenging and difficult life in this world. It is not sunshine, roses, smiley faces and social media likes all the time; and life will get more challenging due to the actions of others who do not follow Torah (ADONAI’s instructions). Bible prophesy also confirms this (see for example 2 Timothy 3).
As we seek guidance from the Word of God, we find various verses on this topic throughout the Bible, however I was drawn to the message from Tehillim / Psalm 4 and 37 and Mishlei / Proverbs 16:32. (You could read these below.)
King David and later, his son Shlomo (Solomon), recorded these words thousands of years ago and when I read these verses, it is almost like a 4 step process to reduce anger:
Step 1: calm down.
Step 2: don’t be upset by evildoers.
Step 3: stop being angry; and.
Step 4: put your trust in ADONAI.
If you apply these steps, you will be better than a war hero!
I hope you and your family have a peaceful Shabbat! The Aaronic Blessing for you and your family:
✡Yeshua haMashiach is the King of Israel ✡ the Bright Morning Star✡
1 For the leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David: O God, my vindicator! Answer me when I call! When I was distressed, you set me free; now have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
2 Men of rank, how long will you shame my honor, love what is vain, chase after lies? (Selah)
3 Understand that ADONAI sets apart the godly person for himself; ADONAI will hear when I call to him.
4 You can be angry, but do not sin! Think about this as you lie in bed, and calm down. (Selah)
5 Offer sacrifices rightly, and put your trust in ADONAI.
6 Many ask, “Who can show us some good?” ADONAI, lift the light of your face over us!
7 You have filled my heart with more joy than all their grain and new wine.
8 I will lie down and sleep in peace; for, ADONAI, you alone make me live securely.
Tehillim 37 1- 8
1 By David: Don’t be upset by evildoers or envious of those who do wrong,
2 for soon they will wither like grass and fade like the green in the fields.
3 Trust in ADONAI, and do good; settle in the land, and feed on faithfulness.
4 Then you will delight yourself in ADONAI, and he will give you your heart’s desire.
5 Commit your way to ADONAI; trust in him, and he will act.
6 He will make your vindication shine forth like light, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before ADONAI; wait patiently till he comes. Don’t be upset by those whose way succeeds because of their wicked plans.
8 Stop being angry, put aside rage, and don’t be upset – it leads to evil.
9 For evildoers will be cut off, but those hoping in ADONAI will inherit the land.
10 Soon the wicked will be no more; you will look for his place, and he won’t be there.
32 He who controls his temper is better than a war hero, he who rules his spirit better than he who captures a city.