Friday, 14 Aug 2020
Psalm 37:8-9 (The Message)
8-9 Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.
Before long the crooks will be bankrupt;
GOD-investors will soon own the store.
To say that I was angry that day would be an understatement. I was filled with a sudden surge of unrighteous anger. Perhaps even hypocritical rage.
That day, I decided to give chase to that guy who just overtook me on the highway. He had been tormenting me for some time, flashing his headlights and honking. I was initially about to give way to him. But when he started tailgating me and flashing his headlights, I was incensed.
“Who does he think he is?” I thought in my heart. “Does he think this is his grandfather’s road?”
Anger rose within me to a boiling point. Meanwhile, the guy continued to flash his headlights even more aggressively.
I decided to stick to my lane and ignore him. I maintained my speed, growing angry with each second. After some time, the guy gave up and overtook me. And that was when my fury was unleashed to the max.
As he overtook me, the driver turned to look at me and honked at me. “How dare you honk at me?!” I growled within my heart. At that moment, adrenaline rushed to my head. I was not going to take that humiliation without a fight. I decided to give chase and did exactly what he did to me. This time, it was my turn to put my headlights to “good use” on him.
While all this was going on, I was oblivious that I had my wife and kids in the car! My wife was too stressed during the whole episode and had been trying to calm me down. But I was stubborn. I wanted to continue my crusade against the road bully. After all, he started it.
It was then, that the Lord suddenly spoke to me in a still small voice. The Lord showed me that I had become the same rogue driver whom I had despised earlier. I suddenly felt a deep sense of shame and shock.
To say that I was angry that day would have been an understatement. This time I was angry with myself. I allowed my hypocritical nature to surface and take control.
That was my moment of folly. But let’s be honest, don’t we all have anger problems too? Anyone who says that they have never gotten angry would probably need to take a good look at the mirror. Proverbs 29:11 says, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
That day, I became a fool. Psalms 37:8 tells me to not get angry and frustrated, as it only leads to more trouble. Eugene Peterson’s The Message version tells me to “bridle my anger, trash my wrath”. Yes, I am to dump my anger! Peterson’s version tells me to cool my pipes! Yes, in my anger, my engines got hotter and the exhaust pipes would also have been burning more fuel!
I regret my actions that day. I am embarrassed.
As the work week ends, reflect on the past week. If there be anyone or anything that had made you angry, forgive and confess. Trash that wrath and cool your pipes. May the Lord grant you His peace today.
Lord, teach me to control my anger. Forgive me when I get angry without a reason. Teach me patience, forgiveness and love. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.
那天，我成了傻瓜。诗篇37：8告诉我不要生气和沮丧，因为它只会带来更多的麻烦。尤金 · 彼得森的信息版本告诉我要 “抑制愤怒（如马套笼头）， 清空愤怒” 。是的， 我要甩掉我的愤怒！彼得森的版本告诉我冷却管道！是的， 在我的愤怒中， 我的引擎变热了， 排气管也会不断燃烧！