For the month of May, we will be Praying Through The Proverbs. Unlike a Bible study, we will simply pray a few key Scriptures each day. We’ll concentrate on how these verses apply to our individual lives, and ask God to reveal to us if there is anything specific we need to repent of or work on. Today we consider Chapter 29.*
Today’s verse deal with anger.
Key Verses in Chapter 29:
v.8 Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.
Angry men are rarely pleased with anything, even to the point of rioting…which upsets the entire city. Wise men are the peacemakers who try to find ways to diffuse these situations.
v.11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
Fools talk and talk, sometimes just to hear himself talk; they rarely listen and learn. The wise man controls his emotions and doesn’t speak rashly or in anger.
v.20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
In this instance, we think of the man who speaks hastily in anger. In doing so, he brings nothing but trouble upon himself.
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” – James 1:19 [emphasis mine]
v.22 An angry man stirs up dissension, but a hot-tempered one commits many sins.
Fits of anger cause trouble for the angry man and everyone around him. Anger uncontrolled leads to hate, jealousy, even assault, and murder.
Father God, I humbly enter this, my secret place, and acknowledge I am in the Presence of the One True God. Thank You for meeting me here. Forgive me so I can stand in Your Presence clean and holy.
I know it’s natural to experience anger…but I don’t want it to rule me. Help me to practice self-control so that I don’t lash out at others, or bring more trouble on myself by speaking rashly. Develop in me the wisdom to pray first, and then to speak words of grace and love, if You lead me to.
And if I cannot say anything to bring peace, keep Your hand over my mouth so I don’t speak out of reckless emotion or in judgment. You alone are Judge, Father, so I surrender the situation to You. Take away my anger and flood my heart with the peace of Your Holy Spirit.
I pray these things in the powerful Name of Jesus…