Good Morning! Rejoice for God is in control!!! Through all this Covid 19 happening, I have been watching to try and see what God is doing through all of this. I see the love for each other growing stronger. I see the love for the ability to meet together, not taken for granted. I see in myself an awakening of the importance of trusting in God and not in man. I have noticed that I have to be careful of becoming a cynic and letting the negativity of the news dictate my attitude.
Our lesson today comes from John 11, The raising of Lazarus from the dead. After hearing the news that Lazarus was sick, after two more days Jesus and the disciples arrive in Bethany were Lazarus has died. What I want us to glean from this scripture today is anger and how we deal with it. When Mary comes to meet Jesus with her group of mourners, Jesus becomes angry. [Jhn 11:33 NLT] 33 When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.” I am not going to speculate what was angering Him as there are many thoughts on this. What I do want to see is how Jesus handled His anger. He didn’t lose His compassion…Jesus wept! Whatever the reason for being angry and righteously lashing out, he wept with Mary. That was more important than righteous indignation. Don’t get me wrong. After He wept he arose still deeply angered. [Jhn 11:38 NLT] 38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance.” How does He deal with the anger inside Him? He performs a miracle by giving life. He did it right. Ephesians gives us the correct answer for anger. [Eph 4:26-27 NKJV] 26 "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.
Jesus did not sin by letting the anger distract Him from doing the will of God. He did not give the Devil a foothold to lose the anointing that was placed upon Him. Let’s not lose the anointing that God places on each one of us as His dear children. Perhaps by harnessing the anger that can so easily get us riled up we can do something great for the kingdom of God. Be angry, but sin not!
God Bless
Jeff