Jonah 4:4 Is It Right For You To Be Angry?

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But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Jonah 4:4 

Anger is something that is seen everywhere a person goes. No matter where one goes, there appears to be someone angry about something. While most of the time it is silent angry, with just a look on the face and no real action, there is still anger.

People are angry about how slow someone is driving, or how long the checkout line is, the sudden change in weather, what is being said in the news, or some other reason. Most often anger is because someone is not getting their way in some situation.

Once Jonah had preached to the people of Nineveh, the people had repented and God had relented on destroying the city. As this occurred Jonah was very angry with God. God asked Jonah if it was right for Jonah to be angry.

As said, most people get angry about something because it did not go their way. They wanted or expected things to go a certain way and they did not, so they get upset and angry.

It is common for people, including believers, to get angry with God, because God did not act or do something they way that they had desired and prayed for. They had in their mind the way it should be handled and God did it differently.

There have been many people who have walked away from God and quit serving Him because He did not do something the way they desired. The reasons can be many, such as someone was not healed, someone died, a provision was not made in a certain way, or some other reason.

For the believer to be angry with God is to be selfish and refusing to believe God is in control. When things do not go a certain way or as expected, the believer must trust God knows what is going on and is still in control, rather than get angry. See the situation through God’s eyes.

In your life there will be times when God will not act in just the way you think He should. Do not get angry with God. Ask God to reveal to you why His way is the better way. See the situation through His eyes of perfect love and perfection.

God sees the bigger picture and His goal is one of eternity, not just the temporary. Trust God, rather than get angry, which can lead to sin.

I pray today that you will trust God is in control; that you will trust God knows what is best for every situation; that you will know God’s great love; and that you will not get angry with God’s choices in your life. 

Jeremiah 26:14 Not Fighting Back

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As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. Jeremiah 26:14 

Having personal rights is a demand most people in America make and many people around the world desire have those rights. People want to be able to have their own freedom to make their own choices without any consequences.

Giving up those rights is not easy for most people to do. They will fight back anyone who fights against their rights or attempts to take them away. Most will just fight back with words, while some will physically try to fight back. Many court cases are all about the loss of some right or freedom.

Jeremiah had a harsh word from God to the people. As he gave the message, the people were very angry with him. Many wanted to kill him. Jeremiah stated that he was in their hands and that they could do with him whatever they felt was best to be done.

Jeremiah had given up any of his rights as a citizen when he spoke before the leaders of Israel. He put himself in God’s hands.

Very often believers will physically or verbally fight for their rights to say or do something. They will get angry with those who fight back or persecute them, rather than just trusting God through the situation and allowing God to get His own vengeance.

Jesus never fought back or talked back to those who came against Him, with the exception of the Pharisees, who were supposed to be the God fearing leaders. He allowed the people to do what they thought was right, even up to the point of the crucifixion.

Today believers still have a message that many will hate to hear. Some will persecute believers because of the message. Instead of fighting back, believers must allow God to be in control and trust Him through whatever happens. All that needs to be done is loving the enemy and sharing God’s message of love.

You will have days when you need to be a witness of Jesus to this world and the world will not like your message. There may come persecution, maybe with just words or physically. Either way it comes you have a choice as to how you react to it.

Put on the character of Jesus and Jeremiah and do not fight back. Keep showing God’s love and trust God to get you through the situation. God is watching and will take vengeance as needed.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove fear of this world from your heart; that you will speak God’s message boldly; and that God will give you favor with those you speak to. 

2 Corinthians 6:12 Rights And Worthwhile Actions

 

Waterfall and Rainbow

“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything. 2 Corinthians 6:12

Freedom of rights is something that everyone wants. They want the freedom to do whatever they want, when they want, and how they want. Very few people like to be told that they cannot do something. It goes against their freedom.

In many countries this freedom has been allowed to some point. As time has gone along, more freedoms are given. With some of these freedoms, there has been allowance for the freedom to sin and promote sinful habits.

God has given people the perfect level of freedom. Every person has the freedom to choose to follow Jesus or reject Jesus. They have the freedom to choose to sin, and they have the freedom to turn from sin. Since Adam and Eve people have started out with the choice to sin. They are given the chance to choose to follow Jesus and turn away from sin.

In Jesus there is a freedom that is allowed. No longer are people bound by the Mosaic Law, but are bound to Jesus. They are no longer bound to a set of rules of what they can and cannot do.

However, that does not give freedom to sin. Paul says that not everything is beneficial. The most important things in life are not the temporary things of this world, but the eternal things of God’s kingdom.

Jesus came to this earth with the focus of building God’s kingdom. Each and every believer is supposed to become just like Jesus. This means that the believers focus is building God’s kingdom.

For anything to have any real benefit, it must be of a benefit to God’s kingdom. Is it bringing or pointing people to Jesus? Or is it keeping them from Him?

Jesus was so heavenly minded that He was of great earthly good. He brought the best benefits to this world by focusing on heaven.

As a believer focus your eyes on God and His kingdom. As you do so, take a look at the things you do. Yes, you have a right to do them, but are they benefiting the kingdom of God?

Do not allow the things of this world to be your master. Let God be your master. Follow Him with everything that is in you.

I pray today that you will know God as your Master; that you will only do what is of eternal benefit; that your life will be like that of Jesus; and you will exercise your rights to benefit God’s kingdom.