Rage

“Rage – violent and uncontrolled anger.”

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rage

When Uzziah became powerful, he also became proud, which led to his sinning. Only the priests were allowed to burn incense, but Uzziah believed he was above the rules. When he was confronted, he didn’t just get angry, he raged.

2 Chronicles 26:19, “Uzziah, who was holding an incense burner, became furious. But as he was standing there raging at the priests before the incense altar in the Lord’s Temple, leprosy suddenly broke out on his forehead.” New Living Translation

The consequence of his sin and rage was his health was destroyed by leprosy and he had to live the rest of his life alone and quarantined.

The prophet Amos spoke of soldiers who gave into rage and were unrelenting.

Amos 1:11, “…In their rage, they slashed them continually and were unrelenting in their anger.” New Living Translation

Their consequence was God sent fire.

When we give in to our anger and allow rage to rule us, it is like a runaway train. You can’t stop it and it creates havoc and damage to itself and everything all around it. That is why Jesus instructed us to control our anger and not let it lead to sin.

We have no control over the circumstances that make us angry, but we do choose whether or not to give in to rage.

Dear Father God,

There are so many things that make us angry. Thank You for the reminder that we are not to let the anger control us. We know that You are the ultimate Judge, and someday, justice will be served. You are our Vindicator and vengeance belongs to You. Help us to trust You.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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