An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rage Against the

(Proverbs 19:3 KJV)  The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

Yesterday I found myself “fretting” (raging NASB) against the Lord.  It is a frightening position to be in.  It is so easy for us to begin to blame God for everything that goes wrong in our lives.  I was having some issues.  We all have them.  Every corner I turned seemed to be full of pot holes and barricades.  We all have days like that.  It runs the gamete from rush hour traffic to international politics.  I get so self-focused that I get into “Why Me, Lord?” phase. 

I rejoice that God is patient.  Maybe that is why the first characteristic of love in I Corinthians 13:4 is patience.  I can sometimes see the pained/bored look on His face.  It helps me realize that He is telling the angels, “There he goes again.”  Eventually His Holy Spirit can get through and I will start listening again.  Eventually I stop fretting and get on with life.

Raging against God can lead to frustration, depression and rebellion.  It can also lead to insight, submission and growth.

So?  I don’t think a little venting is a big issue.  At a certain point it becomes a door for evil to enter.  Beware and act accordingly. 


SLW said...

Then the Lord said to Cain, “ Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”

I've always taken a lesson from this example that anger is a door sin.

Well said, Pumice.

SLW said...

Missed a "to" in there. Oops. I'm not angry about it though! ;-)

Pumice said...

When you think about it most sin is a twisting, an excess or a misuse of some good thing that God gave us.

Fortunately, leaving out a word is not listed in the Ten Commandments.

Grace and peace.