Going Deeper with the Word – Don’t Get Bitter

Is it okay to be bitter when you have prayed to God and the answer seems to be ‘No’? How can we cope when we pray for something we feel we need and it seems as though God does not agree? 🤔 Let's discuss.

Welcome to “Going Deeper with the Word.” In this segment, we welcome people of all backgrounds, religious or not, to review with me the Word of God.  The Word of God provides guidance, direction, and instructions for living our lives and walking with God.  

Today, I will share verses from the Amplified Bible. Let’s review examples of God’s Word that can lead and guide our steps and back up the principles we learned in today’s message.   

Here is our first verse.

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,

But he who is slow to anger and patient calms disputes.

– Proverbs 15:18 AMP

Proverbs has numerous verses of wisdom on dealing with anger. In this verse, King Solomon explains that one who allows anger to be exposed in their actions will cause discord and even strife.  On the other hand, one who is tempered and takes control of their emotions is one who has the ability to bring calm in times of disputes.

Let’s have a look at another verse.

He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty [soldier],

And he who rules and controls his own spirit, than he who captures a city.

– Proverbs 16:32 AMP

In this verse, we again see the value of being slow and tempered when dealing with angst and anger.  In fact, King Solomon explains that the individual who makes it a point to take control of their emotions is more honorable than a soldier who would go so far as to execute actions to take over a city.  What this verse reveals is the power of calm and the power of being steadfast in a peaceful disposition.  

Taking this posture toward God is key in His trusting us with His plans for us, even if we don’t understand God’s ways at the moment. 

Let’s have a look at one more verse.

The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger and abounding in compassion and lovingkindness.

– Psalm 103:8 AMP

In this verse, we learn of God’s temperament, which is one of love, patience, and compassion.  When we are angry at God or feeling bitter, God does not reciprocate those feelings.  He understands that we do not fully understand His ways.  He is loving and kind in these times, showing grace.  That being said, I do not encourage allowing anger at God to rise to the level of disrespect or blasphemous actions. 

Here is something to consider. We were all children once and all of us have been told ‘No’ by a parent or guardian and as a result, become very angry.  If you recall such an incident, did the circumstances improve if you lashed out? If you became disrespectful? Probably not. While we may have been angry, more than likely the parent or guardian had a reason to say ‘No’ that we did not understand at the time. God is our heavenly Father and loves us as His children, so let us take a respectful posture when we are blessed to receive instruction from Him.  Even if the answer is ‘No’.

Thank you for the opportunity to share encouragement. Here @walkinginstepwithGod we truly appreciate your support.  We are fully committed to Christ and the community.  We invite you to join us in fellowship and to seek opportunities for fellowship in your local community as well.

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