Put of wrath, Put on happiness or should I say choose happiness? Have you ever heard anyone say happiness is a choice? Evil can choose happy until it doesn’t get it’s way. But love can choose happy out of virtue.
Hamen went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai.
Now if you are not familiar with the story of Ether let me refresh your memory. Not only is the story about a queen but it gives us an idea of how evil has the need to be worshiped and demand obedience. Fitting right? Hamen is the evil villain in our story and he is happy happy until he is not worshiped. What is wrath? Well wrath is an instant anger or frustration, Websters describes it as “extreme anger”. Have you ever felt extreme anger? Did it come out of no where? or did it build from little things? Some synonyms are annoyance, displeasure, vexation. Which leads me to believe letting yourself be offended or irritated repeatedly would lead to wrath. In our story it is obvious something with in Hamen just does not like Mordecai at all. Basically he loaths him. It becomes so bad he wants all of the people similar to him to be dead also.
How do we take this and apply it to our put off put on challenge? If you have someone in your life who just urks you put off that irritation and replace it with happy. Just like the saying says “Turn that frown upside down” I know you may be saying what I have said “I can’t” or “it just isn’t that easy” but really it is. You just do it. You just smile. You just be happy or allow yourself to be happy in spite of your feelings. Our feelings just are not always smart they can lead us in some wrong directions. Where does wrath lead? To guilt or shame or broken relationships. That is not God’s desire for us. He created you to serve and build up the kingdom of heaven and you are allowed to be happy while you do it. You have a God who provides happiness!
He settles the childless woman as happy.
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Now if you are sitting there wondering “But How”? I just pointed it out. Read the verse above. Two things. Pray. Sing songs of praise. God will do the rest. If you don’t feel happy after one praise song, then sing two. Trust that if you do your part God will do his.
Dear Lord I pray for my brothers and sisters to put off wrath. I pray for me to put off wrath and ask that you would fill us with happiness. Remind us to pray and sing praises to you in times of irritation, frustration, and great anger. Help us to trust you, and do good. In Jesus name. Amen.
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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