Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, January 6, 2020

Theme: BE YE ANGRY AND SIN NOT!

Text: “To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.” – Deuteronomy 32:35.

Comment: Uzziah as a king was favoured by God to attain power, but he had a presumptuous heart which misguided him to perform the duties of the priests. When Azariah, the chief priest and 80 others took exception to his ungodly action, he became infuriated. The Almighty Father showed His displeasure instantly and struck Uzziah with leprosy. – 2 Chronicles 26:16-21.

A leader or ruler who has no control over his temper, can abuse his powers by oppressing people or by punishing the innocent. Many cases there are in which people have taken a course of action in anger but which action they often regret later when they become sober. In the family circle, wrath has been one of the major causes of frictions and broken homes. At the slightest provocation, some men of unmanageable disposition become brutal and remain in such angry moods for a considerable number of days whereas the Bible says the sun should not go down upon our wrath. – Ephesians 4:26, 27.

What we should know is that whatever positions we hold in the affairs of men, we should be very humble and be ready to take correction with all sincerity. But anyone who is easily provoked and is ready to fight when angry and does not pay heed to the word of God will lament in the long run. The preacher says: “Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.” – Proverbs 15:10.

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