“Esau seethed in anger against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him; he brooded, “The time for mourning my father’s death is close. And then I’ll kill my brother Jacob.” Genesis 27:41
Unlike the college student in yesterday’s meditation, Esau seethed in anger against his brother for stealing his personal blessing but waited until the appropriate time to kill him. His mother heard of Esau’s plan and sent Jacob away “until your brother cools down” (vs. 44) Fortunately, Jacob lived a long life.
I’m not an angry person. I see things in the positive and shut down negativity before it can win me over. But I’ve never had a reason to get really angry, like Esau. I don’t know how I would react if someone threatened someone dear to me, or to myself.
Awhile back, someone made a derogatory remark about me on a Facebook post. I simply “liked” something, and in return received a non-verbal angry slaughtering. For days, I carried a low-level anger in my mind for the assault. I wanted to repost something even nastier back to the so-called “friend.” But because I process anger slowly, it wore out steam before I could dream up the perfect “come back.”
I “unfollowed” the angry Facebook “friend” He can read my stuff, and I don’t have to read his rants anymore.
Help us, Lord, to control our emotions—especially anger. Amen.