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PREVIOUS devotion: January 08, 2020


Angry Reactions

“And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.”

Genesis 27:41 (KJV)


Esau’s anger was misdirected.

He had foolishly given away his birthright in a fit of raging hunger (Genesis 25:29-34).

Jacob had bribed Esau. He had deviously promised to give his brother a plate of stew if Esau would sell his birthright and in a moment of weakness, Esau agreed.

Esau had lost what he most desired, he’d been outwitted by his brother and so reacting in anger, he decided to kill Jacob. Esau was so angry at Jacob that he failed to see his own wrong in giving away his birthright in the first place.

Jealous anger blinds us from seeing our own shortcomings and causes us to dwell on what we don’t have. 

When we lose something of great value, either because of our own foolish choices or if others conspire against us and succeed, we would do well to assess the situation before lashing out in violent anger.

Psalm 34:13 (KJV) says

“Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.”

We can control our feelings by recognizing the truth of our reaction.

Was it our fault or someone else’s?

We can pray for strength and self-control rather than become angry and blame another.

And we can ask God for help to see opportunities that even a bad situation may provide.


‘Dear Lord, thank You for showing me that angry reactions regardless of the situation, will benefit no one involved. Help me to trust You and believe that You will use what appears to be even the worst of situations, to grow Christlike character in me.’ In Jesus’ Mighty Name, AMEN!

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