Anger is a complicated emotion. I didn’t get a degree in psychology but I have been a human for 39 years. In my experience…it’s complicated. Letting go of it is even more of a puzzle. I think that there is a very logical reason for this…anger is very logical. And because our anger towards a situation can be reasonable, at first glance, it seems irrational to let it go.
“What about justice?”
“They need to be taught a lesson.”
“They were wrong.”
“Somebody needs to know.”
These are just some of the thoughts that fuel the enmity we hold against our offenders. We shouldn’t deny these feelings and desires. Being made in the image of God, we want justice, as He does. What we must do is submit these situations to our Father in heaven, who asks us to leave judgment to Him. If we deny our hurts or need for justice we are doing something futile, like trying to hold a beach ball under the water. It can’t be done without exerting constant energy which wears us down in body and spirit. I think the only true hope for dealing with our anger is to acknowledge the wrong and then take God at His marvelous word.
He will repay. He will teach. He will correct. He knows. He can do it well. And He loves us exquisitely in the meantime.
“You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies.” Psalm 23 (emphasis added)
“16Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful. Our couch is green;
17the beams of our house are cedar;
our rafters are pine.” Song of Solomon 1
“8And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2
Have you ever looked at the earth and realized that it is an amazing, monolithic palace made for you? It is to God’s glory that He has lavished such breathtaking wonders on us! I think every man wants to carry His bride over the threshold into a home worthy of his love for her. Well, God beats all lovers hands-down. Not even Shah Jahan, who erected the Taj Mahal as a tomb for his most beloved wife, can rival God’s astounding creation of a single star hung in the heavens that glitters and shines above us. No wonder God has plans to create anew the heavens and the earth after He destroys Satan! To His glory He will set His bride again in a perfect place. Jesus said before He left, ” And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am…” (John 14) He is laying down plans for us and our future. Meanwhile we walk within His magnum opus, this created world, as a bride more loved than any other. How can we not love Him???
Soli deo gloria!!!