Bible Study & Devotional Day 160
Written by: Torrie Slaughter
Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 16:32 Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
In wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and other MMA competitive sports, the opponents will ‘tap-out to concede. The winner is declared, and the defeated opponent stands beside his conquerer to congratulate him (most of the time).
There are moments in life when we are caught off-guard with our anger and may behave irrationally. I have said and done things in exasperated frustration several times. Until a few months ago, I handled my anger well. I was at peace; until it was thoroughly disturbed by an ‘opponent’.
I learned that if pushed too far, my righteous indignation wells up. (James 1:19)
I missed the opportunity to ‘tap- out’ gracefully.
I thank God that He used that situation to prepare me for the road ahead. Instead of waiting until complete exhaustion consumed me and I came to my wit’s end, I can trust His Holy Spirit’s guidance. There were other problems I could solve. By removing myself as an obstacle to my overzealous opponent, I could concede.
As you read today’s passages, think about how King Solomon used his gift of administration to place the correct people in charge. And in Acts 7 as Luke retells the story of the once rejected Moses’ rise to leadership.
If you allow God to enhance the training you have undergone throughout life, you will always be spiritually prepared. Anger will not overtake you. Choose to solve a different problem and move into another territory as Jesus did in His ministry.
Tapping-Out isn’t the end of the war, only a section of the battle.
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional.
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1 Kings 7:1-50, Acts 7:30-50, Psalm 128:1-6, Proverbs 16:31-33
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