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BE THE RESTING PLACE OF GOD, NOT ANGER

(Ecc.7:9)

“Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.”


In the course of my studies lately I came across this verse in the book of Ecclesiastes. There are many things which add to a life of wisdom, which prove to be beneficial in helping one to avoid the trap of fools. One of those things is the ability to control your anger and not allow it rest within you.


A scribe once came to Jesus expressing his desire to follow the Lord wherever He went. Jesus responded to the man with a very powerful answer. He spoke of the foxes having dens to rest in, the birds having nests, but the son of man having not a place to rest his head. Most leaders want followers but Jesus wanted a resting place, and now that our Lord has died upon the cross and released the Holy Spirit upon us we have been invited to be his very resting place!


For centuries the Lord and his presence were confined to a wooden box. They were confined to a material house, made to be a tent for one season and a temple of stone for another. But for all those years the Lord always desired His resting place to be mankind. He always desired to make you and I his temple, to dwell within our midst, and not be sequestered from our communion because of sin. Sin separated us from his presence (Is.59:2), but now because of the blood of Jesus a glorious union has returned. We now can dwell with him and He with us, and we can enjoy daily communion with the Lord because of the cross!


So my simple exhortation to you today is this: don’t waste the power of your resting place on anger. Give the resting place of your heart and soul to the communion of the Spirit of God with all of his kingdom blessings, and allow things like anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, and envy to not rest and remain in your heart, not even for a day. The Lord is still looking for a place to lay his head. Will you be that resting place? Will you make the habitation of your heart comforting to the Lord and his presence? If so, then watch what God does in your life! Watch how much the kingdom blessings of his joy, his peace, and his presence multiply in your midst! This is the life we were created for! We were created to be the resting place of God!


In His Service,

Stephen Powell

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