When you look through the lens of misguided anger, what you choose to focus on tends to end up being all you actually see. Being blind to reality is dangerous, because it causes you to go to extremes. At one point David was a young shepherd who played the harp. He played for Saul and kept him calm. Yet when it was clear that God had chosen David to take lead the nation, starting with the defeat of a giant named Goliath, Saul got bitter.
The people sang 'Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands' (1 Samuel 18:7 NIV). Saul saw David as a threat to his throne. Don't they realise this boy was nothing until I took him in, Saul thought. Who was it that saw him promoted to the highest ranks? Me! What next - my throne? Is that what he wants? To be king? And from that day on Saul kept a jealous eye on David; an angry fire burned in his veins.
If you read the story of this pair's relationship, one thing becomes clear - David is one of the best friends that Saul could ever have had. Letting anger manipulate us, even in subtle ways, is always dangerous. Let's not allow it to happen.
So what now? Is there anyone in your life who stirs up anger in you? Don't allow it to build up; nip it in the bud and set yourself free from anger possibility destroying your life.
Soulfood : Luke 1:26-56, Lk 2:1-40, Lk 2:41-52, Jn 2:1-12