TOPIC: FATAL ANGER
TEXT: 1 Samuel 20:24-34
KEY VERSE: “And Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father to slay David.” – (1 Samuel 20:33)
David the shepherd boy learned the hard way that death lurks everywhere and not only on the battlefield. He had engaged in mortal combat with deadly animals like the lion and the bear and cheated death. He had also encountered dreaded giants like Goliath, the Philistine champion and overcame him.
The Lord took care of David’s ignorance and inexperience as He always does for His people who are endangered. He made David outwit Saul the king who sought to slay him. Saul wanted to take advantage of a feast in the palace to execute his plan to kill David. But this anointed servant of God stayed away under a plot hatched by him and Jonathan, his faithful friend and Saul’s son.
When Jonathan would not yield to his father’s argument that David’s existence was a threat to his ascendancy to the throne, he transferred his anger to his son. The Lord rewarded Jonathan’s loyalty to His servant by delivering him from his father’s death-bearing anger. God warns against anger because of its potential to bring forth rash emotions that can lead to regrettable actions. In the pouch of anger are passions that engender bloody decisions with dangerous consequences.
The Bible counsels: “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath” (Psalm 37:8). Mad fury unchains the animal nature in the unregenerate man and pushes him to the edge overlooking an abyss. But Calvary-cleansed believers must be guided by the word of God. Even in the most provocative circumstances, we must not give in to fits of anger. Where we are faced with murderous rage from the people of the world, we can trust the Lord to fight for us as He did for Jonathan and David.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Sinful anger is one short step to murder.
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Thank you for your time in reading Today’s DCLM Daily Manna 5th September 2021 – Fatal Anger. God bless you!