“Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the Devil an opportunity.” Ephesians 4:26-27
Greetings fellow sojourners!
My daughter recently heard a conversation between two people. One was relaying a frustrating situation they had experienced while the other one listened. After the first finished grumbling the second responded, “That was yesterday, today is a new day. Stop beating a dead horse.” I am wired to see a spiritual application in almost anything (smile) so when my daughter told me this my mind immediately went to Scripture.
The meaning of ‘beating a dead horse’ goes something like this: it doesn’t matter how much you want to continue riding, beating a dead horse is not going to get you anywhere. If something is already done and over…forget it! Find a ‘healthier’ horse if you plan to move on. Is this painting an interesting picture to you?
How often do we practice the gracious skill of forgiveness? Is it part of our daily routine? Ephesians says to not even allow the sun to set on your anger. Apparently, this produces fertile ground for the enemy. Since he is an opportunist, if you maintain your anger after you are Spiritually instructed not to, you have just propped open your door wide enough to allow Satan an opportunity. DIVAs, we do not want to give him an inch! The wisdom of Scripture powerfully instructs us, let’s heed the advice! Leave the ‘dead horse’ alone and ask God the Father to provide us a strong and noble steed that is worthy of His child because He intends for us to indeed move on!
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23
So, we do not carry over anything to the next sun rise. No anger, no bitterness, no doubt, no disappointment, no ____________________ . Because God is faithful, His abundant mercies are new every morning! Be intentional and add forgiveness and the acquisition of peace to your new bedtime habit. As you witness the sun setting, may it be your daily reminder to relinquish the appropriate emotion into the hands of your Father. As the sun rises the next day expect His mercy to fill you; mercy not only towards you, but mercy for you towards your situation.
Since we know we are to let things go at sunset (Ephesians) and receive at sunrise (Lamentations), let’s boldly recognize that as we relinquish our anger to God He will provide His bountiful mercy and grace so that we are able to discern how to proceed the next day. Pray before your feet hit the floor and then proceed in full assurance knowing He will provide what you need to be victorious that day. Just as the sun set brings an end and the sun rise brings a beginning, so must you approach God in prayer for equipping each day. Be bold and victorious in Christ Jesus DIVAs. You, without a doubt, were destined to be extremely impactful in this generation!
In His extraordinary grace,