1 Samuel 22; Psalm 56; Luke 22:1-23

And the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. ~ Luke 22:2

When we’re driven by our emotions, we act and react in strange and inappropriate ways.  In 1 Samuel 22, we first see Saul sitting under a tree with spear in hand, (v. 6).  In reading this chapter, I can see that he was very much driven by his emotions, with anger as the most predominant.  In his rage, he commanded those around him to kill his priests, (vv. 16-18).

I am discovering the powerful effects of emotions.  In the third trimester of my pregnancy, I’ve seen my hormones effect my emotions.  Something at work upset me and as I was driving home, I was still quite upset.  Fortunately, I had a sound enough mind that I could logically question my reaction the situation: was I reacting to due to stress, due to lack of sleep, due to hormones, due to pride, or a combination?  I’m glad that instead of reacting emotionally, I wisely decided to deal with it another day, as I didn’t think I could react in a calm manner.

David knew that Saul was pursuing him to kill him.  Instead of reacting emotionally, as Saul did, David said, “In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:4). When situations come upon us and others react emotionally all around us, we must be like David and turn our trust to God, focusing on Him and not how we feel inside.

For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life. ~ Psalm (56:13)

Heatherpotts5

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2 responses to “1 Samuel 22; Psalm 56; Luke 22:1-23

  1. jmitch1

    I said this before, but I thinks it’s cool and not at all a coincidence when the blogger for the day picks a particular verse to comment on that I have marked myself during the reading (in this case Ps 56:4). I really think it’s God’s way of driving that point home for me – and maybe for all of us. Thanks Heather!

  2. You are speaking my language when you talk about emotions and thoughts. I teach (and often am challenged by what I know) this concept to my clients by using ANTS which stands for automatic negative thoughts. A thought will produce either a positive or negative emotion, so it is important to observe our thoughts to learn how they are affecting us. For example, if I get cut off while driving, is my thought, “You stupid…, you can’t do that to me! If so, I’ll get angry. To rid myself of that feeling, I have to change my thought to something like, “That guy must be in a hurry. I hope nothing is wrong.” If I’m really on my game, I’ll even say a prayer for him. Easier said than done, but practicing changing my thoughts helps to lower or even eliminate my frustration. Now let’s see how long I can do this today – it’s still early in the morning.

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