Numbers 20:2&3,6-12; Proverbs 16:32
“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city” (Proverbs 16:32).
Moses was a prophet that walked with God. He was assigned to lead the children of Israel from Egypt to the land God promised them. He was a prepared leader, full of the spirit of God, but there was a character flaw in him, “anger”.
There was no water for the Israelites on their journey through the wilderness. Moses called on God and God gave him specific instructions that would bring solutions. However, because he was angry with the people, he acted contrary to the instructions given by God. This singular act cost him what would have been his greatest achievement – leading the Israelites into the promised land. As punishment, God denied him that privilege. When you allow anger to get the best of you, it reveals the worst of you (Ecclesiastes7:9). Anger lodges in the hearts of fools. Anger is destructive. Whatever is done in anger ends in shame. Sometimes, we are angry because we are impatient and irritated by the way others treat us. James 1:19-20says “be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger because the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Keep quiet when you are offended, think and consider the action to take.
Live a devout life, spend time with God in the place of study of the word and prayer. A man that carries the presence of God will not be angered easily. The only letter that separates anger from danger is the letter D. Anger portends danger.
1. God, deliver me from the spirit of anger.
2. Help me to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.