[God said through Isaiah] “But out of the sheer goodness of my heart, because of who I am, I keep a tight rein on my anger and hold my temper.” Isaiah 48:9
After viewing a Facebook post in which I “liked” a comment, a woman messaged me and said, “I’m not sure I would ever read something written by an inspirational writer who chose to agree with this post.” I found the comment interesting, as earlier she told me she wasn’t interested in my genre of writing anyway. I must admit, her critique threw me into an angry stew, and I “de-friended” her. However, her words went deep into my soul.
For days, I questioned myself, “Am I worthy to write meditations to share?” God knows I’m not perfect. And, because I write a 250-word blog every day, I open myself to the opportunity to write something that can come back to haunt me. I try not to cause anyone to become angry, but to challenge the reader to ponder the message and how it might relate to his or her life.
In today’s scripture in Isaiah, God chose not to use revengeful anger on the Israelites, even though they deserved it. It is my desire to “keep a tight reign on my own anger” as to keep up my image of being a calm and collected person–most of the time.
Dear Lord, help me to write to inspire and not cause anguish to the readers. Amen.