When the Bible Makes Me Mad
Sometimes when I read the Bible I get angry. Of course, I try my darnedest not to sin my anger. But, I might get a little whiny with God.
I say, “I think you left something out here, Lord.”
Take this message from Paul, found in Ephesians 4:31
"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice."
That verse in particular has caused me some anger, which is ironic.
It makes me think of The Gap. Ya know, they have those plastic boards they fold t-shirts with to make them look perfect when on display. That’s what I imagine Paul to be saying in this passage. “So, you just take this here pile of bitterness, wrath and anger and you take this here plastic thingy and fold it up and then you put it away on the shelf. Make sure to put it on that high one over there so no one can touch it. Don’t forget the malice!"
If only bitterness was that easy to handle, I could just take a few days to do some bitterness clearing and be done with it.
What about other things like worry and anxiety? There are multiple times in the Bible where we read, “Be anxious for nothing” or “Do not worry, just look at the pretty little birds.” He doesn’t even give us a Gap reference for that one. He just says, "Hey, don’t do that!”
It almost seems as if the Bible is incomplete. But, then I’m reminded that the Bible is more than one verse, one chapter, or even one book. There are other verses to be found! Other words to write upon my heart. He’s not just saying, “No worrying allowed.” He shows me lots of other options.
He tells me who He is, in Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will exalt over you with loud singing.”
He reminds me what He does, in Deuteronomy 31:8, “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.”
He gives me a plan B, in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.“
My anger melts away as I’m reminded that His Word is life giving, full of wisdom and encouragement.
Most days Keri can be found cruising in her Swagger Wagon, reading a good book, or laughing with friends over large cups of coffee. She finds great fulfillment in serving those who might not walk through the doors of a church, but still desperately need the Hope that only God can give. She also enjoys learning about God through unorthodox means, and occasionally blogs about it at Pop Parables. She also gets in touch with her creative side at BringingCraftyBack. Keri lives in the Greater Seattle area with her husband, their three boys, and 2 weiner pups.
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1/22/2014 08:20:57 pm
Keri my heart hears you. I am Encouraged. :D Thanks for the giggles...“Do not worry, just look at the pretty little birds.” ...It's like you were in my head. I had to stop reading just to laugh and laugh and laugh. I finished, then finished reading. I am Encouraged. Love the verse selection and your last sentence...spot on!!! YUP that knowledge is an anger-blaster for sure. In my mind The Word works like a light saber on my heart...complete with the sound effects. :D Much love to you Sister. Good Morning!
1/27/2014 05:17:11 am
I'm glad it encouraged you. When I wrote that line, I was thinking of those sharks in Finding Nemo who are jealous of the dolphins because everyone thinks they're so cute. "Look at me, I'm a dolphin! A cute little dolphin!" LOL!!!
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