Have To Get This Out Of The System

There is a verse in Scripture that most people know but few apply. It’s a verse that has bugged me for some time but in the past year I have come to terms with it. I think I know what it means. Recent events with hearing that my dad has 12-18 months of life with cancer has brought the verse back to my mind.

Ephesians 4:26 is the verse: “Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”

We all know it. What has always boggled my mind is that two verses earlier he tells us to put on the new man and then commands us in verse 26 to “be ye angry.” He didn’t say, “when you are angry do not sin” he said “be angry.”

Now that just doesn’t sound like a new nature, reborn thing to do. But look at the life of Christ. Read Matthew 23 and tell me Jesus wasn’t angry. Look at the cleansing of the temple, the cursing of the fig tree, the impatience with his slow disciples who ask about their seats in heaven instead of worrying about whether their seats will make it there to begin with.

Jesus had an underlying anger and frustration with life–yet He never sinned.

Boy do I feel that anger. Sin has messed up our world. God made this place beautiful and lovely, it was all good and stupid bonehead satan comes and ruins the place. He takes life and makes it miserable. He took nature and made it corrupt. He took God’s perfection and stained it.

That makes me angry. It makes me angry that he could take a guy like my dad and is trying to cut him off so soon. It makes me angry that people will refuse to learn the lessons that life and death teach. It makes me angry that I have to be crying right now. It makes me angry that the wonderful gift of life that God gave us has been turned into vanity, vanity, all is vanity. It makes me angry that I’m angry. It makes me angry that my dad gets to go to heaven before me. It makes me angry that people have never appreciated my father as much as they should and it takes something like death to show them. It makes me angry that many times I haven’t appreciated him. I love my dad and it makes me angry he has to leave.

But it’s morning. There’s plenty of time before the sun goes down. The Bible tells me to be angry and if you’re not from time to time, I do believe you are missing something that God wants you to see. He wants you to know what our stupid sin has caused. He wants us to know His love. He wants us to desire a better place and not be content with this dump. I hate this world and the things it does. But I love my Lord and I love that He loves the world.

O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

3 thoughts on “Have To Get This Out Of The System”

  1. Sorry you and your loved ones are going through what you are. You’re right about anger. I linked to your post at my blog. Peace.

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