Sunday, May 1, 2022

Daily Devotion: The Problem of Irritability

Bible Reading:  I Samuel16:14-23

Key Verse: Verse 14 - But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”

Key Words: an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him

King Saul is a great example of being irritable.  He was irritable when the women of Israel cried out and said, “Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”  He was irritable when he found out that Jonathan, his son, had befriended David.  In our text, Saul is irritable and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

No doubt Saul was irritable because of his weariness dealing with issues of the economy, provisions for the people, protection from enemies, all of which can weary one and cause irritability.

He was also irritable because of lost fellowship with God, but also because of his disobedience to God (I Samuel 15).

There’s a story of an irritable monk who joined a monastery and took a vow of silence.  After ten years his superiors called him and asked, “Do you have anything to say?”  The irritable monk replied, “Food bad.”  After another ten years the monk again had the opportunity to voice his thoughts and again the irritable monk said, “Bed hard.”  Another ten years passed and again his superiors called him in and asked, “Do you have anything to say?”  The irritable monk responded, “I quit,” to which his superiors replied, “That doesn’t surprise us.  All you have done is complain since you’ve been here.”

Now, that’s basically what irritable people do.  So what is the answer for overcoming irritability?

·         Rest (Matthew 11:28-29)

·         Pray (I Thessalonians 5:17) You seldom, if ever, see a prayer warrior irritable.

·         Listen to soft Godly music (I Samuel 16:23)

May God give victory to those who are irritable.

What to do:
✞ The above three things.

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