Today’s Scripture: Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. Psalm 37:8

Have you ever heard the phrase “when you play with fire you are going to get burned” or “it only takes a spark to get a fire going?” These phrases remind me of some of the places I have traveled to within the past year. I went to two separate locations on one trip and both were dealing with fires. In our first location, Colorado, a forest fire had set a massive area ablaze. Our next stop, Santa Fe, New Mexico, had an entire mountain on fire because one spark from a downed power line had quickly caught fire to everything around it. Seeing these raging fires brought the story of Cain to my mind.

As we saw earlier, Cain slew his brother, Abel, because he opened the door to sin. His first mistake was not directly obeying God’s orders. Yet e expected the same blessing as Abel and not only did he disobey the Lord, but he began comparing himself to his brother rather than focusing on his own walk with God. This spark of anger led to an action that Cain probably never thought himself capable of. In fact, I have spoken with many murderers who are serving their time behind bars for an action they never thought they could ever commit. Like Cain, when we open the door to sin, we are capable of anything.

That boss that is less than loveable, that family member who tries your patience, that coworker you wish would magically quit…whatever relationship you have that has sparked anger in your soul, fix it now. That tiny little flame can easily take over your entire person before you even realize what happened. Everything good about your testimony can go up in flames in the blink of an eye. Hatred, anger, discord – these are the things that will set your life on fire.

Today, ask the Lord for His strength to deal with the situations you are facing. Stay in the Word, think on your blessings, and address your issues with those around you. Perfect peace belongs to those that meditate on the Lord. Only you can prevent emotional fires from setting your life ablaze.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.