05-13-07

Anger and jealousy are common to all men, but they come with a terrible price tag.  We see this clearly in the life of King Saul.  It seems that the person that “set off” Saul the most was his young protégé, David.  From David’s very first exploits as a warrior, Saul grew increasingly jealous and angry.  Saul would continually bounce back and forth from trying to kill David and then apologizing for his anger.

Part of the price of Saul’s anger was paid directly by David.  He became a “man on the run”, to the point where he had to run right out of the Promised Land and hide out with the Philistines (1Sam. 27) in order to escape Saul’s wrath.  David was Saul’s best asset, and yet Saul drove him away because of his uncontrolled anger and jealous.

Another cost racked up by Saul’s anger was his own further alienation from God.  As Saul faced his final battle with the Philistines, he tried to ask God for help, but for some reason God wasn’t answering him.  Saul ended up abandoning God’s methods of help and reached out to the devil’s methods by contacting a medium for help (1Sam. 28). Sometimes my own blind rage causes me to do things that are nothing but catastrophic to my walk with God.

Paul wrote, “Be angry, and do not sin” (Eph. 4:26).  We can’t always escape being angry, but we do have a choice of what we’ll do with it.  Are you driving others away with your anger? Do you realize how your anger damages your relationship with God? Repent.  Ask God to show you what to do with your anger.  It’s okay to take it out on the tennis ball, but not on your friend.  Study, learn, and practice mercy.