Numbers 20:12 — But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in Me…” (NIV).
Sergio Scataglini once said, “When we move in fleshly anger, we reveal that we are trusting in ourselves rather than God.” I have found this to be true in my own life.
I began playing basketball when I was in elementary school. I was tall, slim, and had a lot of natural talent. My dad taught me how to shoot, and I picked it up very quickly. I played in school all the way through high school, and I also participated in organized city and church leagues. I couldn’t get enough.
When I was a senior in high school, I played for a very small school, and I was pretty good. Our team wound up going to the state championship that year, and I was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. I was the stuff!
I remember certain games during the course of the season that our team would be trailing, and I’d get very upset. Winning was all that mattered, and I really could not stand losing to a team we should beat. So I would completely throw out the coach’s game plan because I decided his way was not working, and I tried to take the game over. Sometimes the face of the game would change because of my efforts, but many times it was a fat disaster.
My anger caused me to lose trust in my coach, the head of our team. I thought my way was better than his, even though he eventually led us to the championship game. I lost sight of the big picture because of my anger. The same thing happened to Moses when he hit the rock instead of speaking to it. His rage caused him to take matters into his own hands. How foolish we are!
Perhaps today you have taken matters into your own hands. Maybe you think your ways are more effective than God’s. I pray anger does not violate the trust between you and Him. Never forget that He sees the big picture when you can’t.
Proverbs 29:8 — Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger (NIV).
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