Psalm 4:4 – “In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”
I have the feeling that there are a lot of angry people out there today. People are waking up to job cutbacks. People are waking up to difficult decisions. People don’t like to make difficult decisions.
And you know what, it is okay to be angry. It is not okay to hate. Hate is sin. Hate is a bitter root that brings forth destruction. Anger is something totally different. Anger can be frustration that you don’t know why or how something is happening. Anger can result from feeling inadequate and/or wronged.
But we are reminded here to not sin in our anger. That means don’t go out and do something against someone else just because you are angry. There is no justification in that. It is hard to be angry alone. We usually want someone else to share in our misery.
We have to come to the point, though, in anger to let it go. Oh, I don’t mean give up. I mean choose to face the problem instead of being mad at it. When you are mad at something, you don’t want to deal with it. I like to sew. But when I have a project that is giving me fits and I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong, I put it up. My mom and I laugh about this because my grandma did the same thing. We get mad at an inanimate object that has no ability to think or reason and the only way to solve the problem is to put it away. When we get over being mad at it, we get it out and finish the project. Crazy,I know but that’s how we roll.
The Psalmist here also encourages us to “search our heart”. Why do you think he did that? I think it was to encourage us to a place of repentance. Sometimes in our anger we sin but not intentionally. Things just get out of hand. And we need to be forgiven. God stands ready to forgive if we only ask.
Ephesians 4:26b – “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Ok, so you have got from the time the sun comes up to just before it goes down to do your angry thing. But when sunset comes around, toss those angers at the setting sun. Don’t haul them into your bed. Don’t even try to sleep with them anywhere near you. Get them out of your life. Do you know how much more peaceful sleep is when you don’t have anger next to you?
You know, princess, it all comes down to that little word that you will find over and over again in my blogs – choice. Sad but true. You can’t blame this one on anyone. It is all on you and the choices that you make. Are you going to choose to let the anger go and face the problem? Or are you going to hold onto it for dear life and let it fester and make your heart ugly? The choice, dear one, is yours.