That’s me on that smooth surface, frantically looking for the next foothold with fear and trembling! In my college days 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! But 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 when we continue to stew and seethe with anger. Anger itself is not necessarily sin. Jesus was able to be angry at sinful behavior without sinning Himself. But for us 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 can lead to hurtful words, revenge, and bitterness. It can lead to hurt pride and broken relationships.
I often tell myself that my anger is completely justified. But whether it is or is not, my anger usually leads to sin. I need to let it go quickly before it gets out of hand! Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires (James 1:20). Indulging my anger only gives the enemy a foothold and 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, help me to daily let go of my anger.
(Look familiar? This post is based on a previous one from 2013)