November 15 – Daily Notes – Amanda

anger

Bitterness, when allowed to fester and build, will slowly destroy us. Bitterness forms when anger and resentment are not dealt with. Today’s Hebrews reading warns us of this. We must process and deal with these feelings because it ultimately harms us more than anyone we’re angry with.

Ezekiel 31:1-32:32:

  • 1-18 – Egypt once grew to great prominence, particularly when Joseph was there and stored and sold grain during a 7-year famine. Because of its prominence, Egypt became prideful and turned from God. Because of this, Pharaoh was doomed to death.
  • 1-15 – The lament over Egypt in yesterday’s reading had a similar conclusion, “then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Hebrews 12:14-29:

  • 15 – “Roots of bitterness” are formed when we allow anger and resentment to build up in our hearts. These are often formed when we feel someone else is getting away with sin and when we are punished for our own sins.
  • 25-29 – Hebrews is warning us of the importance of listening for, obeying, and accepting God. God is described here as a consuming fire.

Psalm 113:1-114:8:

  • Our God is worthy of praise and there are none beside him. Nothing else we could worship or revere compares to the greatness of God.

Proverbs 27:18-20:

  • 18 – The one who works at something, gains the reward.

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