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“Anger or Trust”

“Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the LORD.”

Psalms 4:4-5

I remember lying in bed one night many years ago thinking, “It’s just not fair—we don’t deserve this!” Suddenly, a scripture broke into my thoughts like a bolt of lightning: “May the meditation of my heart be pleasing to YOU, O Lord!”

Ouch! Like David, I’d been complaining about people’s accusations ruining our reputation. Even though my thoughts were not verbalized, they still were not pleasing to God. But David realized the LORD had set him apart for relationship, and the LORD would answer when David called to HIM. Therefore, because of relationship, David said, “Don’t sin by letting anger control you…Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and TRUST the LORD.

It seems anger and trust are at war with each other. Anger holds on to hurt and wants to get even. Forgiveness lets go of hurt. However, it's difficult to let go, unless you TRUST GOD to take care of you. TRUST is the only way to have a clean heart, free of anger.

But here’s God’s blessing when I choose to TRUST, and let go of my anger: In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.” (v. 8)

Anger and trust cannot dwell together in the same heart!

So, which one will I choose—anger or trust?


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