Calm Down – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Wednesday, January 27, 2021.
TOPIC: CALM DOWN!
Read Ruth 1:6-22
6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had visited His people by giving them bread.
7 Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
9 The LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” So she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
10 And they said to her, “Surely we will return with you to your people.”
11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons,
13 would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD has gone out against me!”
14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
15 And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”
16 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.
17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”
18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.
19 Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, “ Is this Naomi?”
20 But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
21 I went out full, and the LORD has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”
22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. Now they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back (Proverbs 29:11).
Anger, if unchecked, destroys lots (Prov. 15:18). An unchecked angry man is highly dangerous. ‘A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control’ (Prov. 29:11 NIV). Implication: only fools allow themselves get carried away by anger to the extent of misbehaving. It is absolutely impossible not to come across anger-aggravating people and events in life. The Scripture offers the solution: “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil (Eph. 4:26-27).
There is nothing wise in always feeling, “Let me fully say all that is in my mind that I am angry about.” No matter how angry you are, learn to control your temper and bridle your tongue (Jas. 3:2-7). Anger has resulted in some people misusing the power of the tongue, yielding disaster and regrets. The disaster resulting from untamed anger can be worse than even holocaust, even as we globally commemorate the memory of the victims of the holocaust, praying that an end would be brought to such disasters in the world, today.
Anyone who does properly check his temper is referred to as a wise (Eccl. 7:9). Surprisingly, when it comes to anger, even a genius, or the most anointed, can be a fool. Look at the way Nabal foolishly washed David and his men down, who asked for his kind gesture. But look at how God used the wise Abigail to save David from wrongly venting his anger on the people (1 Sam. 25:10-34).
It is natural and normal to see or hear things that can make one angry. However, God expects you to choose how to positively respond to such situations. The late Dr. Myles Munroe said, “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.” And that is the truth, anyway. Be not quick to anger, and when you get angry, never let it get the better of you. Never lose your head! Take control of your anger!
- Lord, let Your Spirit overwhelm and override my temperament.
- Lord, help me to control my tongue and actions when I am angry, so l don’t lose my head and disappoint You.
- Lord, help our leaders not to be eaten up by anger, so they don’t lose the mark and end like Moses.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Exodus 6:9 – 8:17; Matthew 17:17 – 18:11.
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