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Friday, May 27, 2022

Longhorn cattle near New Holland, PA
Yesterday we passed these longhorn cattle near New Holland, PA

"A Right To Be Angry?"

Message summary: “Have you any right to be angry?” Most often I believe we will find our anger is a result of a self-centered attitude or a failure to have a godly perspective on the matter.

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“But the LORD replied, ‘Have you any right to be angry?’” (Jonah 4:4).

When was the last time you felt deep anger? In your home, at work, in your travels? Perhaps you felt it as you listened to the news and heard another dreaded report about the condition of the world.

But my greatest source of anger is directed at Satan and his persistent efforts to kill, steal and destroy. We see evidence of this abounding.

Perhaps you’re angry right now! I suggest the daily selection as a memory verse to assist in examining our hearts when we are angry. Let's consider Jonah after his call from God to preach to Ninevah.

Jonah did not want to obey the Lord and go to Ninevah and went the other way instead. He is, of course, best known for his “Motel Whale” experience. While in the whale he had a very distinct conversion experience and “the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land” (2:10).

Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you” (3:1). This time Jonah obeyed and went to Ninevah and had perhaps the most remarkable response to preaching in all of history.

When he gave the “altar call” everyone got saved! If it happened today the Christian book publishers would be hounding Jonah promising rewarding contracts if he would simply write his “how to” books.  He would have been in extremely high demand as a conference speaker in church growth and revival circles (can’t you just picture his brief bio sketch). For those of you with marketing minds just consider the possibilities!

But Jonah was not at all thrilled about the results of his preaching. Instead of rejoicing in God’s love and compassion and the repentance of a great city, Jonah sulked: “He was greatly displeased and angry” and “asked the Lord to take his life” (4:1&3).

That’s when God asked Jonah this probing question: “Have you any right to be angry?”  At this point one would expect the conviction of such a question from God Himself to have melted the self-centered attitude of Jonah completely, but it didn’t.  (In fact the book ends without any apparent change in Jonah’s attitude.)

If we were to hear from God the very same question, “Have you any right to be angry?” what would our response be? May we consider the things that make us angry and then allow the Holy Spirit to gently ask; “Have you any right to be angry?” Most often I believe we will find our anger is a result of a self-centered attitude or a failure to have a godly perspective on the matter.

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Lord, we will likely encounter much today that we may be tempted to respond to in anger, either inwardly or outwardly. Help us to hear your voice, examine our hearts and respond in a Christ-honoring way. Amen.

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Personal note: Today I have my follow-up appointment regarding my shoulder injury from my e bike accident last week. I will learn the results of the MRI and recommended courses of treatment. As I shared last week they suspect it's a torn rotator cuff. My doctor completed his surgical fellowship in sports medicine at Johns Hopkins University and was part of the orthopedic team for the Baltimore Orioles.

Today we will share several photos from yesterday when we were out on Ascension Day.

Amish youth on spring wagon
These youth are in a spring wagon. We wonder if they are discussing the gas prices?

Amish youth on covered wagon
These youth traveled in style in a covered wagon. It was so nice to see young people out having a good time with one another. They were looking back at a group they had passed who were in a one horse spring wagon. This covered wagon was pulled by two horses.

Crowded buggie
This buggie had a full load of six.

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