Day 10

Adversity and Anger

from the Proverbs reading plan

Proverbs 3:25-26, Proverbs 10:12, Proverbs 12:7, Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 17:14, Proverbs 20:3, Proverbs 22:24-25

BY She Reads Truth

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

Harboring anger can destroy us, but facing our anger requires a great deal of humility and courage. It is easier to blame other people for the problems in our lives than to do the soul-searching work of admitting our own responsibility. God’s Word speaks to how we handle relationships in times of adversity and through seasons of anger. 

Reflection Questions:

Read Proverbs 3:25–26. What dangers do you fear most? What does it mean that God is your confidence? 

What is your default reaction to adversity? Do you tend to blame others? Do you tend to blame God, or do you reach out to Him for comfort?

In what ways do you harbor anger? What hope does Scripture give us for our angry hearts?

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40 thoughts on "Adversity and Anger"

  1. Kelly Echols says:

    I fear being abandoned and also losing family due to death. I really just overall fear not being in control. In order to overcome these fears, I need to fully surrender and put my trust in God. I know what I need to do, but it’s so much easier said than done.

  2. Brittany Reimers says:

    This scripture could not have come at a better time- just this morning my husband and I got into a fight and I was quick to get angry and I said things I didn’t mean. I prayed to god and apologized for letting my emotions get the better of me. Once I let my head and heart calm down, I apologized to my husband and we patched things up quickly. This scripture is a good reminder not to let anger get the better of me and to make sure to keep him in my heart

  3. Joyce Walker says:

    God has been my refuge in times of need and troubles have faced. I have learned that I have two ears to listen more and one mouth speak less. This came from life challenges.

  4. Abby Clark says:

    This is spot on. My family just went through a whirlwind of trial, as a brain tumor was discovered in my mom’s brain. She underwent successful removal surgery yesterday and we are so thankful. Through this experience I’ve seen how God has provided more than anyone else – and my own sin how i react to expecting perfect comfort from others. I have realized i have to have grace on others and overlook their faults, because we are all going through something. I listened to Amanda Cook’s ‘Closer’ and a line in the song that’s repeated over and over is “You’ll never leave me, no, in every season” There’s so much freedom in realizing the comfort of imperfect people will never match that of the perfect Father who is there CONSTANTLY. Thank you Jesus

  5. Brandy Deruso says:

    I must let god take control of my emotions to let him lead not to let the enemy come in and set my emotions lord i humbly come before you lord asking you to lead me in harmony and peace in Jesus name! Amen!

  6. Laura Smail says:

    This is very relevant. I’ve been triggered a lot lately. These scriptures made me realize that when I am triggered, I should immediately go to the Lord in prayer, release everything to Him, and intercede for those who are weighing heavy on my mind.

  7. Jessie Pipp says:

    Dangers I fear most is my dad and brother never coming to know the Lord. They clam up and get defensive every time I try and talk about faith. I also fear the unknown, I have an irrational fear of eternity. Because it’s so unknown. It’s a big struggle that I’ve been trying to work on with the Lord. I usually turn to God in my fears because I know His peace is waiting for me. I have confidence in that. Adversity has come my way many times in life and it’s taken time but I’ve learned to turn to the Lord because only He can get me through it. I harbor anger in my heart and in my mind. I’ve come a long way from my teenage years. I used to have screaming matches with my family. I never do that anymore. But I dwell on it in my head.

  8. Jen Brewer says:

    My response was supposed be to Nhu. Also loved Patience’s thoughts. I definitely do time outs for myself when my emotions, particularly anger, start to get out of control. Also makes me think of the proverb that says ‘Reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing’ as well as James admonishing us to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. I find I often say things I regret later if I let anger take control of my tongue. Help me, Jesus.

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