Daily Reflections

Inappropriate Anger

September 23, 2023 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious. —Jonah 4:1.

Remember Jonah? Jonah felt he had the right to control his own life, to have things go how he wanted them to go, and to be angry when they didn’t. His insistence on his rights caused him to be emotionally unstable, isolated, and estranged from God.

The sad thing is that Jonah’s story sounds like mine at times. All too often I find myself annoyed when things don’t go my way. A decision someone makes at the office, a rude driver

on the freeway, a long line at the checkout counter, a thoughtless word spoken by a family member, a minor offense (real or perceived) by a friend, someone who fails to come through on a commitment, a phone call that wakes me when I’m asleep—if I am staking out my rights, even the smallest violation of those rights can leave me feeling and acting moody, uptight, and angry.

The only way to get off that kind of spiritual and emotional roller coaster is to yield all my rights to the One who ultimately holds all rights.
​​​​​​​Lies Women Believe ©2001 Nancy Leigh DeMoss ©Revived Hearts Foundation

Scripture is taken from the CSB.


Make it Personal

Ask God to examine your heart and show you if you’re holding on to any “rights” that you need to yield to Him.