Along the amazing Oregon coastline is Devils Punchbowl, a large “bowl” naturally carved in a rock headland and partially open to the Pacific Ocean. We happened to visit it during low tide, when the waves were gently lapping against the entrance.
But at high tide, it’s an entirely different scenario. Waves enter the bowl, filling it to great depths and bringing in stones, shells, and other material from the ocean. The bowl is filled with water, swirling and churning, seemingly full of fury and anger. Although there are times at low tide it is safe to enter, like we were able to, it’s not a place you’d ever want to be at high tide.
“A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.” Proverbs 25:28.
Have you ever been around a person that’s like that? Full of unpredictability, anger and with no self-control? You have no idea how they will react to anything you say or do.
There are times all of us feel angry. This verse causes us to be mindful that our feelings must not control us. Our behavior and actions must be controlled by the Holy Spirit. He is the only one who can help us forgive when we don’t want to forgive. He is the only one who can help us deal with anger and frustration in a self-controlled manner, without lashing out at others. He is the only one who can help us deal with the myriad of emotions we experience in this life.
Life is filled with experiences and situations that will cause anger. That is why we must be careful to live in submission to God, allowing Him to direct our thoughts, actions, and responses in ways that bless others and bring glory to Him.