Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 15
Verse 32: “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
In a game during the 2010 NFL season, the Houston Texan’s wide receiver Andre Johnson was involved in a fight on the football field. Although he has a reputation of being a well-mannered player, he lost his cool and reacted to an antagonizing player. The player admitted it was his intentions to get to Andre. After being ejected from the game, Andre was later quoted as repenting of his behavior and confessed it wasn't appropriate. Almost every announcer I heard in the days after took the position of defending Andre’s actions and claimed the other player deserved it. Even with such an outcry of support, Andre stuck to his guns that he was wrong. I have a lot of respect for this guy. Not just because of what an amazing athlete he is, but because of the character that he continued to exhibit. Although he erred on that particular day, over all he demonstrates today’s “gold nugget”, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
Many of us would not have made it as far into the game as Andre did before we would have lost our cool. Too often the slightest injustice will put us to a boil. Should that person that cut me off this morning upset me so much, so quickly? Should I get frustrated so easily with my child or a coworker? Should we be so quick to get heated when it comes to a conflict with our spouse? Where some foolish people believe jumping up like a lion demonstrates strength and power, today’s scripture speaks otherwise. It takes more strength and power to hold back anger than it does to let it erupt. If you can hold your anger, you are mighty and able to take a whole city. Taking on a squirrely little cornerback isn't going to prove a thing and Andre Johnson knows that.
Lord, thanks for the reminder about what true might and power is. Although the flesh thinks an outburst of prideful anger demonstrates power, holding back anger and having rule over our spirit is the true demonstration of power and might. Amen
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