This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. 2So he complained to the Lord about it…
Here we have the Prophet Jonah literally getting angry with God. He was so angry that he complained to God about it. As I was studying this scripture, what resonated with me and the question I have is why did Jonah get so angry? This is a prophet one God called. I can only assume that there were some things going on in his heart. Some things and issues that had not been settled in his life. Things and baggage that he was still carrying around even as he ministered the Word of God!
It’s so important to get to the root cause of what makes you angry! I hear many “Christians,” say, ” Well this is just the way I am, or God knows my heart”. But when you truly love God and spend time in His Word, you are taught not give way to anger. In James, it speaks about not allowing envy and strife to enter into your heart. When you know the word you fight against the enemy using the word. Don’t get caught up in your flesh. Especially if your anger causes you to hurt others by your WORDS and ACTIONS! Yes, it is an emotion God gave us, but don’t allow it to hurt others or get angry at God as Jonah did.
Anger can be a toxic emotion. Mark Twain wrote that “anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
The Bible has much to say about anger (Proverbs 29:2; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:8; James 1:19, 20 etc). Let God work with you as he did with Jonah. He will help you overcome your problem. Anger is not sinful in and of itself. But irrational anger needs corrective action, and that’s what God will provide for you as He provided for Jonah. Read the Word!
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