Proverbs 21: King James Bible
An Angry Woman – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 19
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – An Angry Woman
This is a theme that we’ve covered a couple of times throughout these devotionals. It’s always a contrast between doing something in an uncomfortable area, rather than tolerating a quarrelsome, contentious, or angry, woman.
I would suppose that this is true whether you’re male or female, when wee look at it from a physical point of view. Nobody wants to deal with contention, unless they’re contentious in the first place.
Nobody wants to deal with someone bent on being angry, unless they’re in the mood, or the type of person, who is alright with taking part in such things. People who just want some peace of mind, would rather be someplace that provides that, rather than desiring to go where peace of mind would be taken from them.
You get the idea, all these things are physical, or fleshly interpretations of the verse above, and those like it. But there is a spiritual sense that we can extract from the scripture above (as we do with many scriptures).
If we look at this verse through spiritual eyes, we’d first notice who’s talking here. That would be the Lord himself. Then we’d notice that there are two characters at play, the Lord, and also the woman.
The woman, could represent the Church, the Bride of Christ. Also, it can be referring to the Israelites, who scripturally, is considered as the Father’s wife. We see these things played out over and over again through the scriptures.
When we take a look at the verse above with these things in mind, it gives us a bit of insight into how we may or may not be grieving the Spirit of the Lord. Notice, the Lord is saying that it is better to dwell in the wilderness… In other words, off by himself away from the noise. He may say it’s better, but he doesn’t say that it is what he does.
When we as the Bride of Christ, become an angry woman in his eyes and ears, he doesn’t take off, but hangs around and tolerates our chronic complaining. What a noise that must be at times!
There is a way that we can all damper that noise down, and that is simply by doing what he says, and following his instruction. Easier said than done, I know. But it is necessary nonetheless.
There are two different types of complaints…
First would be the legitimate type, where we’ve been legitimately wronged somehow, or are holding on to his Word for whatever the case may be. All rightfully so, not from any of the wrong reasons.
Second would be illegitimate reasons that stem from the flesh. Misunderstanding the Word, not knowing the Word, inserting promises that the Lord never made, and mistaking just retribution with being wronged, are some fairly common things that I know I’ve been guilty of throwing at the Lord in the past.
These are a few of the ways we may come across to the Lord as contentious or as “an angry woman,” being his bride to be and all. We are flesh and God is spirit, so let your words be few! These would be fleshly words.
God is spirit, and we must worship him in spirit and in truth. Also, we should always seek to be led by the Spirit of the Lord, in our prayers to him, regardless of what it is we’re intending to pray about. When the flesh gets in the way of our communications to the Father, we may just be causing him to wish he had some supernatural earplugs, that his own love, faithfulness, and goodness, won’t allow to manifest.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 4: King James Bible
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Hebrews 3: King James Bible
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
James 4: King James Bible
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Revelation 19: King James Bible
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Thank you for all that you’ve given, both the things which we know about, and those that we don’t. Thank you also Father, for your outstanding and inconceivable tolerance, that you display on a daily basis toward those who you love. Please help us, and lead us to not cause you grief, but rather, to put a smile on your face. This we ask in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
How much does it take for you to become as an angry woman, specified in the verse above?