God’s Word for Today: Mad
Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead.
Sometimes, I get mad. It slowly and steadily builds for like days, weeks, or months, before finally releasing in a shameful fit of unnecessary.
I believe at times; my brother has a better plan. He gets mad quickly and then it is over with. Instead of being the sleeping monster my temper is, Bill’s is right there in the open where everybody knows what is going on. I can’t say which one of us has the advantage. There is good and bad to both traits. It is what it is.
Being mad can actually be funny. The release of this mad thing can cause objects to be thrown with no more intelligence than a 3-year-old’s fit of mad. But coming from an adult, you just have to laugh. Why does throwing an object feel so good and so necessary when a person is mad? I suppose there has been a government study which our hard earned tax dollars paid for, that has determined why it is quite necessary to throw objects when we are mad.
When I hit that stage of object throwing. Even if it is just words being thrown out of my mouth, I almost always instantly regret it. Like slamming a door. Felt good for that split second, then as you see the effects it has on everyone else, including the door, you feel bad. Mad is replaced with sorrow. Sometimes, it is too late, hinges are permanently sprung.
Maybe I need to produce and market a Mad Yo-Yo. Similar to the extremely soft balls that people sell for the purpose of throwing at your TV when the football game you are watching contains a whole team of idiots. My Yo-Yo though, would let you throw all your mad with all your force. It would take every ounce of mad that needed released, gather it up, and explode it forward. Mad would fly.
Then, before it harmed anyone or anything, with all the energy of mad released, it would calmly return to your hands to be saved for the next go round of mad. The secret and beauty of this Yo-Yo is the “before it harmed anyone or anything”. You reeled it all back. The necessity of throwing a fit, literally, is effectively negated. Life is still good. You have not left scars. I will work on this Yo-Yo. $24.99 and it is yours. Plus, I will throw in a “Guide to Yo-Yo tricks and stunts” for free if you purchase within the next 24 hours!
Today’s Scripture is a “waker upper”. Simply put, if you want, you can choose to go through life with evil and madness in your heart, and then you die. Pretty simple. Doesn’t need much explanation. When I first read this Scripture, I thought that evil was a rather harsh word to tie in with being mad. But then, I reviewed my actions and words when I have been mad, and evil seems to be a perfect description. Mad is evil, and then you die.
Today, let’s work on that mad thing. We are going to get mad. How we handle and deliver mad is what God asks us to work on. Whether your “count to ten”, “pray first, react second”, or simply buy my Yo-Yo, it is up to you. God wants to help. Mad, evil, die. God, good, eternal life. You choose……………….
Prayer: Dear Lord, I am good and mad. Thank you for every emotion you threw into my heart. Forgive me for when the mad emotion gets carried away. Today Lord, I realize the futility of mad. Help me to work on this. Even you Lord, decided mad was not good. Thus, you sent your Son to deliver us from the evil of being mad. You covered your mad, now I need some help with mine. In Jesus’, who died so we didn’t have to, name I pray. Amen and amen.