I have some great memories of a rock climbing outing back in college days. That’s me on that smooth surface, looking for the next foothold with fear and trembling! I did this climb with the students of a rock climbing class. The problem was I had not taken the class and had no clue what I was doing! However, I did realize how important footholds were to make any progress up that rock. Actually, I did not care if I made any progress. I only wanted to survive without killing myself!
Today’s verse describes how Satan looks for a foothold using unresolved anger. He will be able to gain ground in our lives through a continued stewing and seething anger. Anger itself is not necessarily sin, but it is the starting place for so many other sinful behaviors. It is a foothold or opportunity for Satan to wreak havoc in our lives.
Anger leads to hurtful words, revenge, and bitterness. It leads to hurt pride and broken relationships. Jesus was able to be angry at sinful behavior without sinning Himself. More often than not, my anger leads to sin. I need to let it go quickly before it gets out of hand! It serves no purpose and has such negative consequences, even when I think it justified. Indulging my anger gives the enemy a foothold. I do not want him to make progress with me. I have no problem with seeing him fall off the rock and to the ground.
Lord, control my anger as I walk in Your Spirit.