Working Ourselves Up

Michael Beck

“A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” (Proverbs 15:18)

The words of our mouth will never be acceptable when the meditation of our heart is unacceptable in God’s sight. If we would honor God we must let Him determine what we think on. Martha had become obsessed over the “injustice” of her sister not helping her. With each passing moment, the sight of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus infuriated her more and more. And then, out of the abundance of her heart, her mouth spoke. But Jesus did not “straighten out” her world. He corrected her focus. Instead of Him taking issue with Mary, He took issue with her – even commending her sister as an example for her to follow.

“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41,42)

Beware of an obsession with injustice. Many a wrong has been done by those who have risen up in their own spirit to make the world a better place. We need to hear from God, more than we need to feel the fire of our own indignation. We might even be more used of God to work righteousness if we learned to discern between our own wrath and God’s still small voice.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.