Monday, August 7, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Why of Resentfulness

Bible Reading: I Kings 21:5-14

Key Verse: Verse 5 – "But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?"

Key Words: Why is thy spirit so sad

The word sad in our text carries the idea of a sad, resentful attitude.

Ahab is resentful of Naboth for not placating to the king.

It seems as though when we fail to get what we want that some resort to feelings of anger and resentfulness. (See Cain in Genesis 4 or Jonah in chapter 3.) Resentment comes from one feeling slighted for something they feel as though they deserved, whether it be recognition or even land.

Camels may build up a pressure cooker of resentment toward human beings until the lid suddenly blows off and they go berserk. In Asia, when a camel driver senses trouble, he gives his coat to the animal. Rather like Japanese workers reported to work off frustrations by beating up models of their executives, the camel gives the garment quite a beating -- jumping on it, biting it, tearing it to pieces.

When people are “sad” as a result of resentfulness, they desire to “destroy” the one they resent. So it was with Ahab – the difference is that he allowed Jezebel to do his work of destruction.

What to do:
✞ Remember, if you live your life trying to get even with people, you’ll live a very sad and destructive life.

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