This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: James 4:1-2 (ESV)
Today, I am thinking about the need to defuse wrath in our society. A few days ago, I read a disturbing article in the Chicago Tribune titled, “Chicago’s Most Violent Neighborhoods Brace for Deadly Summer.”
The writer of the article interviewed a couple of mothers. One mother quoted, said she really wanted to see her son, but she was so grateful that he was away at college and was going to stay away, and not come home this summer for fear of his safety. What an unpleasant choice for a mother to be forced to make. Wanting to see your child but choosing not to see him, because you know he’s safer somewhere else.
When I reflect on this article, I recall what I’ve learned in the Scriptures about how Abigail had to defuse wrath immediately to save the life of her husband Nabal. One day Nabal was in a drunken stupor and referred to King David as an outlaw after David, and his men asked for a drink and some food.
David wanted to retaliate immediately, and was prepared to take Nabal’s life on the spot.
However, Abigail became aware of things and acted quickly to save the day. She brought David and his men what they initially asked for, and apologized profusely on behalf of her husband.
Her calmness and humility brought peace to the situation, thus she was able to defuse matters. I think about how many more conflicts in our society could be resolved when courage and humility are at the forefront.
The Words that teach us are, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.” James 4:1-2 (ESV)
Tomorrow, let’s talk about being merry. Please share this reflection with others, and encourage one another to create peace.
So today, you just might have to be like Abigail, and defuse wrath, if it’s around you.