Anger Breeds Disobedience

Numbers 20:7-8, 11 — 7 The Lord said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water”…11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff (NIV).

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, it’s okay to get angry. But when anger becomes sin, you have a problem. Moses demonstrated this truth perfectly.

Moses had seen the hand of the Lord at work time and time again on behalf of the Israelites, but here they complained against God again. Moses was sick and tired of Israel taking God for granted. He took their ridicule personally and got angry. He was justified in his anger, but because he lacked self-control, his anger became sin. He disobeyed God.

Israel was thirsty, so God told Moses to speak to the rock and then water would pour out for them to drink. Instead, out of his frustration, Moses struck the rock twice.

Many times we have legit reasons for being angry, but the minute we lose control and lash out, we step out of God’s will. Psalm 37:8 says, “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil” (NIV). Giving into anger will lead you down a path to destruction. Anger often causes us to ignore God’s command and take a path of our own making.

Perhaps you know all too well what it is I’m talking about today. You’re upset and have been disobedient, and you might even have legitimate reasons for being angry. If you have acted out and ventured away from God’s will, this is your opportunity to get back on track.

I encourage you to repent and receive forgiveness. The best way to correct disobedience is to obey. Do what He has commanded you to do. Get your life back on course today.

James 1:20 — For man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires (NIV).

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