Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/29/12

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent
… trust in the LORD.” 
     (Psalm 4:4-5)

We cannot enter the Lord’s rest if we are angry, for that is sin. There is an anger that is righteous, that rails against the injustices of the world and evil, but there is another anger that is unrighteous that can lead to rebellion and sin. It often disguises itself in more subtle forms such frustration, bitterness, disappointment, or despair when we rail against those things that are thrown up against us, the twists and turns that life takes, the things that we worked for or wanted that didn’t happen or the things that we never wanted that came anyway: hardship, illness, disease, persecution, failure, death, loss. These eat away at the soul, wrack the body, and dim the spirit. But the Lord says, the Lord commands, that we trust in Him, that we give up our grief and our sorrow, that in our anger we do not sin by not trusting in Him, for He is the Lord God Almighty, He cares for us, and we must always give ourselves into His hands and trust Him.

May the Lord bless you to enter into His rest by giving up all anger and disappointments to Him.

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